Block SJ56

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SJ56
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Map credit:   DECC Habitats Regulations Assessments of 14th Onshore Oil and Gas Licencing Round

SJ56 is part of PEDL292
Licence Operator   INEOS
Partner         INEOS Upstream Ltd

Other blocks in PEDL SJ66
Licence type Shale
Commitments 1 well, 1 hrz frac well, new 2D & 3D seismic surveying
Drill Or Drop clause None

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
Cheshire East
Cheshire West and Chester

Parliamentary constituencies and MPs
Eddisbury      Antoinette Sandbch            Conservative

European areas overlapping with licence block
  Midland Meres and Mosses Phase 2 RAMSAR
Oak Mere SAC
West Midland Mosses SAC

European areas outside block which could be adversely affected
  River Dee and Balsa Lake SAC
Mersey Estuary SPA
Mersey Estuary RAMSAR

Wildlife Trust sites overlapping with block
Abbots Moss (Cheshire Wildlife Trust)

Sensitivity concerns     Birds, Rivers, Otters, 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 site(s) in this block.

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 Mersey Estuary Ramsar, Mersey Estuary SPA.- Riparian or estuarine habitats and species may be sensitive to impacts on tributary watercourses by activities. Land that is within 10km of a riparian or estuarine European site, and which is also within 200 metres of a contributory watercourse to that site, is 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 for specific project-level operations. The European sites potentially vulnerable in or near this block are River Dee and Bala Lake/ Afon Dyfrdwy a Llyn Tegid SAC.- Otters (Lutra lutra) travel along rivers and their tributaries, and occasionally use semi-natural habitats beyond the riparian corridor, and so could be vulnerable to activities occurring outside the designated site itself. Land that is within 10km of a site supporting otters, and which is also within 200 metres of a contributory watercourse to that site, is considered to be of a potentially sensitive nature (due to its potential to be used by otters) 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 River Dee and Bala Lake/ Afon Dyfrdwy a Llyn Tegid 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 Mersey Estuary Ramsar, Mersey Estuary SPA, River Dee and Bala Lake/ Afon Dyfrdwy a Llyn Tegid SAC.

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