PEDL 164 - alteration to boundary

John Wilkinson made this Freedom of Information request to Oil and Gas Authority

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Dear Oil and Gas Authority,
Can you please indicate:-
What authority was used to extend the western boundary of PEDL 164 beyond the A565 into the town of Formby, and when the change was approved?
Whether the change was notified to the Local Mineral Planning Authority i.e. Sefton Council?
Whether the change was advertised in local newspapers in order to alert residents of Formby to the prospect of seismic surveys being conducted in the streets outside their houses?
Yours faithfully,
John Wilkinson

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BEIS Ref: FOI2016/23772

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Dear Mr Wilkinson,

 

Please find attached a response to your recent request, ref FOI2016/23772.

 

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Dear Oil and Gas Authority,
Thank you for your response to my FOI request re PEDL 164 - alteration to boundary (FOI2016/23772). Clearly I accept your assurance that the boundary has not altered.
However the final version of the map of the intended seismic survey area which was supplied to Sefton Council by Tesla ( Aurora's contractor) clearly shows their intention to conduct tests outside the area of PEDL 164 i.e. into the area of PEDLs 165 and 261. I appreciate that this intrusion was a pragmatic reflection of the local road network, but cannot understand how it can be permitted under the terms of the PEDL 164 agreement.

Yours faithfully,

John Wilkinson

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Dear Mr Wilkinson,

 

Thank you for your enquiry of 15 October below.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy does not hold
the information you are requesting. You may wish to resubmit your request
to the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) who became a separate public authority
for the purposes of the FOI Act with effect from the 01 October 2016 and
may hold the information you are requesting. OGA can be contacted via the
following email address - [email address] . 

 

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Dear Mr Wilkinson,
 
Further to our last exchange of emails, please find a further explanation
from my colleagues.
 
As the design of the seismic survey conducted by Aurora Energy Resources
Limited extended beyond the boundary of PEDL164, the company was required
to apply for a Supplementary Seismic Survey Licence (SSSL), which permits
a company to extend an exploratory seismic survey into an area not
currently covered by a Petroleum Exploration and Development Licence
(PEDL).
 
A Supplementary Seismic Survey Licence must be associated with an extant
PEDL licence, and only allows for the search of petroleum only by means of
Seismic Surveys no further than 1 km from the extant licence. It is
limited to a term of 1 year from the date it was granted, but will
automatically terminate on the grant of a Petroleum Exploration and
Development Licence that covers that same SSSL area, such as is the case
with Aurora Energy Resources Limited; whereby SSSL027 was granted to
extend the survey beyond the limits of PEDL164, but as part of the 14th
Onshore Licensing Round, this area has now been awarded to Aurora
Exploration (UK) Limited and forms part of PEDL261, and therefore SSSL027
has been terminated.
 
A copy of the recently awarded PEDL261 can be found on our website
([1]https://itportal.decc.gov.uk/web_files/r...
), and the newly licensed areas are now shown on our interactive maps
([2]https://www.ogauthority.co.uk/data-centr...
).
 
We also provide a copy of SSSL027 for your information.
 
I hope that this is helpful.
 
Matthew.
FOI Officer
OGA
 
Oil and Gas Authority is a limited company registered in England and Wales
with registered number 09666504 and VAT registered number 249433979. Our
registered office is at 21 Bloomsbury Street, London, United Kingdom, WC1B
3HF.
 
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I confirmed that I am happy for the OGA to treat my query as "normal
business", and look forward to an early response.
John Wilkinson
 
Sent from my iPad
 
> On 25 Oct 2016, at 11:43 am, OGA FOI requests
<[3][email address]> wrote:
>
> Dear Mr Wilkinson,
>
> Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and
the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
>
> This will be taken forward by the Oil and Gas Authority, which vested as
an independent Government company on 1 October 2016. Previously the OGA
had been an Executive Agency of BEIS and had therefore channelled FOI
responses through them, now we process them and send them out through our
own dedicated mailbox, hence the reply from BEIS to yourself of 15
October.  
>
> As this request appears to be a supplementary question, or a request for
more detail, rather than questioning the withholding of information under
an exemption under the FOI or EIR Acts, we will be treating this as normal
business when we reply, if that is ok with you?
>
> I have asked my colleagues in the licensing and consents team to look
into this and provide a response. You should receive one shortly.
>
> Yours sincerely,
>
> Matthew.
> FOI Officer
> OGA
>
> Oil and Gas Authority is a limited company registered in England and
Wales with registered number 09666504 and VAT registered number 249433979.
Our registered office is at 21 Bloomsbury Street, London, United Kingdom,
WC1B 3HF.
>
> For information about how we process data and monitor communications
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Dear OGA FOI requests,

Thank you for the response (from Mathew) dated 1st November 2016 to my query, which explains how Aurora's recent seismic surveys in PEDL 164 were authorised to intrude into its other PEDL area 261.

I believe however that the surveys undertaken by Tesla on behalf of Aurora also intruded into PEDL area 165, which was granted to Cuadrilla. To be specific, their vehicles operated along part of Plex Moss Lane to the east of Moor Lane and Woodvale Sidings, and north of the boundary of PEDL 164.

I wonder therefore how such action was authorised?

Yours sincerely,

John Wilkinson

OGA FOI requests, Oil and Gas Authority

Dear Mr Wilkinson,

 

Thank you for your further email of 1 November.

 

I have been advised by appropriate colleagues that an operator may conduct
a seismic survey which intrudes into another licensed area with the prior
permission of the existing licence holder.

 

In this particular occasion, we understand the survey conducted on behalf
of Aurora Petroleum Ltd did not extend into PEDL165.

 

However, it may be the case that vehicles and equipment used for this
survey travel on roads outside of the planned seismic survey area as set
on in the PON14B in order to access the survey area.

 

I hope that this answers your question.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Matthew

FOI Officer

OGA

 

 

Oil and Gas Authority is a limited company registered in England and Wales
with registered number 09666504 and VAT registered number 249433979. Our
registered office is at 21 Bloomsbury Street, London, United Kingdom, WC1B
3HF.

 

For information about how we process data and monitor communications
please see our Data Protection Statement and for terms of use please see
our Terms and Conditions, both available on our website.

 

 

 

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