[Archived] Consultation on 14th Round Licences

Large areas of East Yorkshire are being licensed for petroleum exploration – but first they are subject to Habitats Regulations Assessments (HRA).

Consultation open until 29th Sept

NOW is the time to mention any habitat that could be effected by oil & gas licensing, and get it protected.

Guidance

This briefing, produced by Friends of the Earth, provides guidance on how to comment:

Briefing consultation 14th-licensing-round-how-get-involved-86217

Example Response

Here is an example response by a local resident which raises some really important points, and may be of help.  Feel free to use extracts, but remember original responses are the most powerful.

Example response to 14th Round Consultation

Which Areas are Effected?

1. Check which areas are effected using the map or table below:

Green areas are new licence areas; light green will be awarded later this year, but dark green are out to consultation. The blue area is prospective shale. Click for an interactive map.

Green areas are new licence areas; light green will be awarded later this year, but dark green are out to consultation. The blue area is prospective shale. Click for an interactive map.

Area Licence no. page no.
of HRA map
Stainforth, Thorne, Pollington SE61d 35
Goole, Howden SE72 41
Foggathorpe, Spaldington SE73 42
Pocklington south west, Melbourne SE74 43
Pocklington, Market Weighton SE84 49
Fridaythorpe, north Pocklington SE85 50
North Grimston, Wharram SE86b 51
Tibthorpe, Wetwang, Bainton SE95 55
Sledmere SE96a 56
Driffield, Nafferton, Hutton Cranswick TA05 136
Kilham TA06b 137
Staxton, Humnaby TA07a 138
Skipsea TA15 141
Bridlington, Flamborough Head TA16 142
Flamborough Head, Bempton (_cliffs RSPB reserve), Filey TA17 143
Filey TA18 144

 

2. Check the consultation maps

The HRA maps (Habitat Regulation Assessment) show the licence area, zone of potential impact, and special habitat areas. Find the map you want using the Licence Area number, or page number from the table above.

The consultation maps show the licence areas, potential impact zones & special habitat areas. Licence area TA17 includes Bempton Cliffs RSPB reserve.

The consultation maps show the licence areas, potential impact zones & special habitat areas.  click for pdf.

Licence area TA17 includes Bempton Cliffs RSPB reserve, home to hundreds of thousands of seabirds including gannets and puffins.

Licence area TA17 includes Bempton Cliffs RSPB reserve, home to hundreds of thousands of seabirds including gannets and puffins.

3.  Make your comments

Make a comment if you think habitat could be effected by issuing these licence areas, especially habitat that is not already included in the assessment, and not marked on the maps.

Do you know people in effected areas with knowledge of the habitat that could contribute?  Contributions from locals, specialists, or organisations could be especially valuable.

 

Comment now

 


What’s going on

The Oil & Gas Authority earmarked most of the country for exploitation by oil & gas companies.  The the country was divided up into licence blocks, mostly using Ordnance Survey 10km x 10km squares.

Oil & gas companies were invited to apply for blocks last year in the 14th onshore licensing round.  The applications are not decided on who pays the most, but on the proposed plan of  works- on which companies look viable, safe (!), and able to invest in a fast, feasible exploration & exploitation program.

However, they realised they had to apply Habitats Regulations Assessments (HRA) to each block because of European legislation.
The HRA maps with coloured squares take each licence block and a 10km “potential zone of impact”.  (but the oil companies say there isn’t any risk?!)
They also apply a 10km buffer zone to any nature habitats.

Where these areas overlap (132 licence blocks) the licence block is being put out to consultation- this is the consultation that has just opened.

 

These maps with coloured squares are used to check whether a "potential zone of impact" overlaps with a habitat buffer zone. Wetwang is in square SE95 on p55 of the pdf.

These HRA maps are used to check whether a “potential zone of impact” overlaps with a habitat buffer zone.
Licence SE95 near Driffield is on p55 of the pdf.

If there is no overlap (27 blocks) then it doesn’t need to go to consultation and the block will be offered to an Oil & Gas company later this year in the 1st tranche.

Block SE95 is one of these, the 100km2 grid square West of Driffield, centred on Tibthorpe, and will be offered to Cuadrilla.
It is worth noting that this is only one of many blocks in that area, and the rest have gone out to consultation.  So it is very possible that Cuadrilla will be offered a huge area around there after the consultation.

The consultation is open now until 29th Sept – join the mailing list to get advice on how to comment.