Block SD40

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Map credit:   DECC Habitats Regulations Assessments of 14th Onshore Oil and Gas Licencing Round

SD40 is part of PEDL262
Licence Operator
   Aurora
Partner   AURORA ENERGY RESOURCES LIMITED

Other blocks in licence SD50
Licence type Shale
Commitments New 2D and 3D seismic survey
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
Lancashire
St Helens

Parliamentary constituencies and MPs
Knowsley      George Howarth       Labour
Sefton Central          Bill Esterson Labour
St Helens North    Connor McGinn       Labour
West Lancashire      Rosie Cooper           Labour

European areas overlapping with licence block       No records

European areas outside block which could be adversely affected
  Sefton Coast SAC
Liverpool Bay SPA
Mersey Narrows and N Wirral Foreshore SPA
Ribble and Alt estuaries SPA
Ribble and Alt estuaries RAMSAR
Martin Mere SPA
Martin Mere RAMSAR

Wildlife Trust sites overlapping with block
Holiday Moss (Lancs Wildlife Trust)

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

Conditions
No conditions proposed.

Advice
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 Martin Mere Ramsar, Ribble & Alt Estuaries Ramsar, Ribble and Alt Estuaries SPA, Martin Mere SPA, Mersey Narrows and North Wirral Foreshore SPA,Liverpool Bay / Bae Lerpwl 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 Ribble & Alt Estuaries Ramsar, Sefton Coast 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 Martin Mere Ramsar, Ribble & Alt Estuaries Ramsar, Ribble and Alt Estuaries SPA, Martin Mere SPA, Mersey Narrows and North Wirral Foreshore SPA, LiverpoolBay / Bae Lerpwl SPA.

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