Block ST85

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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)
See also this map prepared for Frack Free Chew Valley which includes Ancient Woodlands,
Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Groundwater Protection Zones in the area.

14 September 2016: South Western announce they will not accept the licence for this block. DrillOrDrop report

ST85 No current licence operator
This block was initially offered to:

Licence Operator   South Western
Partner South Western Energy Limited

Other blocks in licence ST84
Licence type Coal Bed Methane
Commitments 1 well
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
Wiltshire
Somerset

Parliamentary constituencies and MPs
SW Wiltshire Andrew Murrison     Conservative
Chippenham Michelle Donelan    Conservative
   Somerton and Frome       David Warburton      Conservative

European areas overlapping with licence block
Salisbury Plain SAC
Salisbury Plain SPA

European areas outside block which could be adversely affected
  River Avon SAC
Mells Valley SAC
Bath and Bradford-on-Avon Bats SAC

Wildlife Trust sites overlapping with block
Green Lane Wood (Wiltshire Wildlife Trust)

Sensitivity concerns     Bats, Birds, Rivers, 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: Salisbury Plain 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 Salisbury Plain 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 Avon SAC.- Bat species usually rely on non-designated habitats beyond the European site boundaries (bats can commute and forage for many kilometres beyond their core habitat), and so could be vulnerable to activities occurring outside the designated site itself. Land withinthe 10km of an SAC designated for its bat populations 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 potentially vulnerable in or near this block are Bath and Bradford-on-Avon Bats SAC, Mells Valley 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 Salisbury Plain SPA, River Avon SAC.

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