The Moss Alliance was set up in January 2018 to bring together local groups opposed to onshore high volume hydraulic fracturing in our beloved countryside. We will oppose planning applications for exploratory drilling/ fracking in West Lancashire and Sefton, specifically at this time an application due for the beautiful Altcar Moss near Formby.
According to the Oil and Gas Authority's Retention Area Work Plan, a planning application for Part A of PEDL 164 should have been submitted by Aurora Energy Resources by the end of September 2018. That has been and gone! We know from a Freedom of Information request that Aurora were in communication with the Oil and Gas Authority to change this, so we don't know exactly when it will land on the desk of the Officers at Lancashire County Council. We have another Freedom of Information request in to the OGA to ascertain what exactly is going on. Updates will follow.
What we do know though is that since Cuadrilla started fracking at Preston New Road in October 2018 many seismic events have occurred, but the industry and the government are dismissing them as imperceptible on the surface and are planning to increase the threshold from 0.5 on their much flaunted "Traffic Light System". They (conveniently) miss the point! It was fairly minor seismic events during the one and only onshore high volume hydraulic fracturing carried out by Cuadrilla in 2011 that caused deformation of the wellbore at Preese Hall that effectively halted the industry for 7 years.
We are just ordinary people being forced to prepare ourselves for a complex planning application and are appealing for funds to help us manage our way through it by using professionals who are expert in this field. We sincerely thank everyone who is able to donate, however little, to our cause.