PEDL Licenses

Update: 18th August 2015: Today the government has announced where new PEDL licences will be awarded and where Appropriate Assessments need to be made in relation to the Habitats Directive. There are no new licences to be awarded in the Chew Valley and no Appropriate Assessments pending. However there a number of areas in West Somerset and in East Somerset and Salisbury Plain where a consultation is now ongoing. More details to follow…


Update: In May 2015 the last remaining PEDL (227) was relinquished by UK Methane. We await the outcome of the 14th Onshore Licensing Round to find out if any parts of Somerset will be licensed for petroleum exploration and development.


In March 2015 only PEDL 227 is still current, covering Ston Easton, Midsomer Norton etc.

PEDL227-GeoMet-GWPZ


The following is out of date, see above.

Petroleum Exploration and Development Licenses are issused by the Department for Energy and Climate Change under powers granted by the Petroleum Act 1998. The current licenses were issued during a licensing round in 2008.

Petroleum Exploration and Development Licenses in Somerset.

Existing Petroleum Exploration and Development Licenses.

Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2013

A further licensing round is in the offing to cover other areas of the UK.

The PEDL licenses allow the holder to explore for and develop unconventional gas – to “search for, bore and get hydrocarbons” subject to access rights, planning permission, environment and health & safety permits.

PEDL

Existing PEDL licenses in Somersete.

Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2013

The PEDL licenses in Somerset are held jointly by UK Methane Ltd and Eden Energy (450 km2). The two sourthern blocks are held by a company called Fairfax (200 km2).

Whether a community may be impacted by either coalbed methane or shale gas exploration and production depends on being within a PEDL, the local geology and relevant planning concent.

The communities which occur within the current PEDL licence areas are as follows:

Communities within the current PEDL licence areas

Communities within the current PEDL licence areas

Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2013

List of Somerset communities within the current PEDL licence areas:

Belluton
Bishop Sutton
Bishopsworth
Bitton
Blagdon
Burnett
Butcombe
Camerton
Carlingcott
Charlton
Chelwood
Chew Magna
Chew Stoke
Chewton Keynsham
Chewton Mendip
Chilcompton
Clandown
Clutton
Coleford
Compton Dando
Compton Martin
Corston
Dundry
East Harptree
Emborough
Farmborough
Farrington Gurney
Gurney Slade
Hallatrow
High Littleton
Hinton Blewett
Holcombe
Hunstrete
KEYNSHAM
Kilmersdon
Litton
Marksbury
MIDSOMER NORTON
Nempnett Thrubwell
Nettlebridge
North Wick
North Widcombe
Norton Hawkfield
Norton Malreward
Paulton
Pensford
Priston
Queen Charlton
RADSTOCK
Regil
Saltford
South Widcombe
Stanton Drew
Stanton Prior
Stanton Wick
Ston Easton
Stowey
Stratton-on-the-Fosse
Swineford
Temple Cloud
Timsbury
Upton Cheyney
West Harptree
Whitchurch

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