California Quarry, Swanage, Dorset

The PEDL area is the offshore area in the blue dotted line, shaded in light yellow
Map credit:  UK Onshore GeoPhysical Map with Open Street Map

Key facts

PEDL  P1918

Address: Panorama Road, Swanage, Dorset BH19 2QS

Planning application: PL\1546\13

Operator: InfraStrata/Corallian Energy Ltd


7 December 2016

Fossil Free Dorset begins new crowdfunding campaign against new oil and gas developments in the county and to promote renewable energy

3 December 2016

Planning permission lapses and occupation of the site ends

28 September 2016

Dorset County Council and InfraStrata confirm no work will be carried out this year at the site


26 September 2016

InfraStrata announces it is pulling out of oil and gas exploration to concentrate on gas storage in Northern Ireland. Details

25 September 2016

Campaigners occupy the proposed drilling site. Details

14 September 2016

Report commissioned from Darwin Ecology by Stop the Swanage Gas Rig campaign concludes that oil and gas exploration is likely to have an impact on several protected species, including bats, reptiles and great crested newts and recommends new ecological surveys

16 November 2015

InfraStrata transfers interests in three offshore licences to Corallian Energy Ltd, including the onshore-offshore licence covering California Quarry. Details

18 November 2014

Road safety risk assessment commissioned by Swanage Town Council concludes that the layout of part of Panorama Road on the route to the site is not suitable for two-way simultaneous HGV traffic

15 September 2014

InfraStrata announces it is postponing plans to explore for oil and gas at California Quarry until winter 2015/2016. Details

4 December 2013

Dorset County Council approves planning application with a condition that work must begin no later than three years from the date of permission Decision notice

9 August 2013

Dorset County Council registers planning application for exploratory wellsite Details