Block SD16

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SD16

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Map credit:   DECC Habitats Regulations Assessments of 14th Onshore Oil and Gas Licencing Round
(Maps are in the Appendix E link at the bottom of the DECC page)

SD16 is part of PEDL260
Licence Operator   Reach
Partner Reach Coal Seam Gas Limited

Other blocks in PEDL SD17, SD26a, SD26b
Licence type Shale
Commitments None
Drill Or Drop clause 1 well

The licence in this area covers several blocks, including this one. The listed commitments are for the whole licence area, not per block.

Administrative areas covered by licence
Cumbria

Parliamentary constituencies and MPs
Barrow and Furness                                                     John Woodcock                        Labour

European areas overlapping with licence block
Morecambe Bay SPA
Morecambe Bay RAMSAR
Duddon Estuary SPA
Duddon Estuary RAMSAR
Morecambe Bay SAC

European areas outside block which could be adversely affected  No records

Sensitivity concerns        Birds, Coastal habitat, Vibration effects from nearby drilling

Conditions
Stage B, C and D activities will be prohibited at or near to the surface within the boundaries of all European sites in this block. Stage A activities at or near to the surface will be prohibited in certain sites with potentially sensitive features. Stage A activities, at or near tothe surface, are therefore also prohibited in any overlapping areas of two or more European sites, where such activities are prohibited in at least one of those sites . The sites in which Stage A activities are prohibited are: Duddon EstuaryRamsar, Morecambe Bay Ramsar, Duddon Estuary SPA, Morecambe Bay SPA.

Advice
This block has European sites within it, or within 1km of the block boundary. In general, land within approximately 1km of a European site is considered to be of a potentially sensitive nature (due to its proximity to the European site) such that mitigation and/or alternative siting may be required by authorities further considering HRA issues for specific project-level operations. .- In some instances, bird species that are associated with SPAs and some Ramsar sites may rely on non-designated habitats beyond the European site boundaries, and so could be vulnerable to activities occurring outside the designated site itself. Land within 10kmof an SPA, or a Ramsar site designated for its bird populations, is therefore considered to be of a potentially sensitive nature (due to its proximity to the European site) such that mitigation and/or alternative siting may be required by authorities further considering HRA issues for specific project-level operations. The European sites potentially vulnerable in or near this block are Duddon Estuary Ramsar, Morecambe Bay Ramsar, Duddon Estuary SPA, Morecambe Bay SPA.- Coastal or marine habitat features could be vulnerable to any changes in coastal processes that occur due to activities occurring along the coastline. Land located along the coastline (i.e. within 1km of the mean low water level), and which is also within 10km of a European site with coastal habitats, is therefore considered to be of a potentially sensitive nature (due to its potential connectivity to a European site) such that mitigation and/or alternative siting may be required by authorities further considering HRA issues forspecific project-level operations. The European sites potentially vulnerable in or near this block are Duddon Estuary Ramsar, Morecambe Bay Ramsar, Morecambe Bay SAC.- Some of European site interest features (e.g. birds species; fish; marine mammals) are potentially sensitive to noise or vibration effects associated with Stage A activities (as well as Stage B, C and D activities). Land within approximately 1km of a European site supporting noise or vibration sensitive features is considered to be of a potentially sensitive nature (due to its proximity to the European site) such that mitigation and/or alternative siting may be required by authorities further considering HRA issues for specific project-level operations. The European sites with features potentially vulnerable to this in or near this block are Duddon Estuary Ramsar, Morecambe Bay Ramsar, Duddon Estuary SPA, Morecambe Bay SPA.

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