Altcar Moss, Lancashire

Altcar Moss The MOss Alliance

Great Altcar, the site that Aurora wants to drill and frack. Photo: The Moss Alliance

Last updated 5/11/2020

Key facts

Address: Land northwest of Sutton’s Lane, Great Altcar, Lancashire

Planning application: LCC/2019/0037 application to drill and frack two wells; Scoping request

Operator: Aurora Resources

Licence: PEDL164

Status: No applications but proposals expected soon to drill and frack for shale gas


27 July 2020

Aurora drops Altcar Moss fracking plans and says it will challenge the moratorium. Details

10 July 2020

Campaigners complain to MP as Lancashire County Council stands firm on lockdown rules for public speaking at planning committee meeting due to consider Altcar Moss proposals. Details

22 June 2020

Campaigners challenge lockdown rules for council meeting on fracking plans. Details

22 February 2020

Experts identify flaws in Aurora’s fracking application on earthquake risk. Details

23 January 2020

Campaigners make “strong objection” to Altcar Moss fracking plans. Details

13 November 2019

Aurora continues bid to frack near Formby – tremor risk “out of date”. Details

7 September 2019

Don’t approve Aurora’s fracking plan, government wildlife expert warns. Details

Object, object, object – residents urged over Aurora’s West Lancs fracking plan. Details

5 September 2019

West Lancs Borough Council overwhelmingly opposes Aurora Energy Resource’s fracking plans at Great Altcar. Details

5 August 2019

“No doubt about opposition” to West Lancs fracking plans, say campaigners. Details

18 July 2019

West Lancs council restates opposition to fracking as shale gas plans published. Details

17 July 2019

Aurora publishes plans for drilling and fracking at Altcar Moss. Details

27 June 2019

Aurora Energy Resources announces it is seeking consent to frack for shale gas at Altcar Moss. Details

31 August 2018

Shadow minister, Barry Gardiner, visits campaigners at Altcar Moss. Details

9 March 2018

Experts say Aurora’s statements on fracking impacts on wildlife are not backed up by evidence. Details

5 January 2018

Aurora announces fracking plans for Altcar Moss. Details and link to scoping request

July and August 2016

Tesla Exploration carries out seismic testing prompting local protests and complaints about the tests. DrillOrDrop reports here and here.

1 July 2016

OGA announces a two-year extension to initial term of PEDL164 to June 2018.

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