Block SZ09a

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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)

SZ09a is part of PEDL329
Licence Operator   South Western
Partner South Western Energy Limited

Other blocks in licence SY99a
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
Poole
Bournemouth
Dorset

Parliamentary constituencies and MPs
Mid Dorset and North Poole                                        Michael Tomlinson                   Conservative
Poole                                                                               Robert Syms                              Conservative
Bournemouth East                                                     Tobias Ellwood                          Conservative
Bournemouth West                                                       Conor Burns                              Conservative
Christchurch                                                                  Christopher Chope                   Conservative

European areas overlapping with licence block
  Dorset Heaths SAC
Poole Harbour SPA
Dorset Heathlands SPA
Poole Harbour RAMSAR
Dorset Heathlands RAMSAR

European areas outside block which could be adversely affected
  Studland to Portland SAC
Dorset Heaths (Purbeck and Wareham) and Studland Dunes SAC
Isle of Portland to Studland Cliffs SAC
River Avon SAC
Avon Valley SPA
New Forest SPA
Avon Valley RAMSAR

Sensitivity concerns        Birds, Coastal habitat, 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 to
the 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 (see map in Appendix E). The sites in which Stage A
activities are prohibited are: Poole Harbour
Ramsar, Dorset Heathlands SPA, Poole Harbour 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/oralternative 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 HRAissues for specific project-level operations. The European sites potentially vulnerable in or near this block are Avon Valley Ramsar, Poole Harbour Ramsar, Dorset Heathlands SPA, Poole Harbour SPA, New Forest SPA, Avon Valley 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 aEuropean 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 Poole Harbour Ramsar, Isle of Portland to Studland Cliffs SAC, Dorset Heaths (Purbeck and Wareham) and Studland Dunes SAC, Studland to Portland SAC.- 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, isconsidered 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 sitespotentially vulnerable in or near this block are Avon Valley Ramsar, River Avon 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 sitesupporting 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 Avon Valley Ramsar, Poole Harbour Ramsar, Dorset Heathlands SPA, Poole Harbour SPA, New Forest SPA, Avon Valley SPA, River Avon SAC.

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