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Exploratory Drilling/Fracking for Shale Oil and/or Gas in Halsall – UpdateThe Parish Council has been advised by Tesla that the proposed seismic survey in PEDL 164 has been postponed until 2015.  However Aurora Exploration (UK) Ltd. have applied to Lancashire County Council for an extension of planning permission (LCC/2014/0095) at Norris Farm, Downholland Moss Lane, Formby until May 2016, where exploratory drilling has already taken place in the green belt.

The present government is openly committed to fracking and, to assist it, they are proposing to change the law of trespass to allow the exploration companies to carry out horizontal drilling under your home without your permission.  There is an official government consultation on the subject online at:

https://econsultation.decc.gov.uk/decc-policy/consultation-on-underground-drilling-access

The governments’ stance is that extraction of shale oil and gas will be up and running by the end of this year.  They maintain that it is for the good of the country and that it will bring money to local neighbourhoods. David Cameron has said:

“Companies have agreed to pay £100,000 to every community situated near an exploratory well where they’re looking to see if shale gas exists. If gas is then extracted, 1 per cent of the revenue – perhaps as much as £10 million – will go straight back to residents who live nearby. This is money that could be used for a variety of purposes – from reductions in council-tax bills to investment in neighbourhood schools. It’s important that local people share in the wealth generated by fracking.”


It should be noted that residents in New York State opposed fracking even though they were offered 12.5%. The reason for this was due to the low yield of oil from fracking (less than 100th of conventional wells) which meant very little benefits to the community to offset the risk of environmental/structural damage even though the US government had not withdrawn the rights to individual compensation.

Your Parish Council would like to collate residents’ views before the seismic survey takes place next year and a very short survey is overleaf. Please can you tear out the page and drop it off at Halsall Garage or the Pharmacy. Alternatively If you would like it to be collected please call Maureen on 07542 688744 or fill it in online at halsallparish.com

Your response really matters!

Halsall Residents’ Survey
Please answer all of the questions below.

Have you heard of fracking prior to this survey? Yes
No

Do you agree that fracking is good for this country? Yes
No

Do you want to see exploratory drilling/fracking in Halsall? Yes
No

Do you consider that the cash offered would make up for the consequences of drilling/fracking and the damage to the landscape of Halsall? Yes
No

Would you support the setting up of a group against exploratory drilling/fracking in Halsall? Yes
No

If you wish to be involved in future communication please leave your telephone number and/or email address opposite.



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