Oil & Gas department at Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has begun in response to the UK’s dwindling energy reserves the distribution of licences that would enable Gas & Oil companies to mine onshore into depleted coal mines and shale rock to explore for the presence of natural gas.
|The onshore gas industry has come under controversy (BBC & Guardian), especially in America following the production of the documentary film Gasland, which highlights groundwater contamination during the gas extraction process.|
|In 2008, Cuadrilla Resources were awarded (as part of the 13th round of allocation) a Petroleum Exploration and Development Licence for the region of Lancashire (PEDL165).This covers an area from Formby Hall to Standish and Chorley and includes the Forest of Bowland (including Beacon Fell & Parlick Pike).Current drilling opertions are present at
Additional areas in Lancashire include Elswick, Kirkham & Plumpton (under EXL269), Formby & Maghull (PEDL164)
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