Len Herbert from campaign group Frack Free Dorset says the group has recently gone into “hibernation”.
‘’We don’t foresee any fracking taking place in the county.’’
This is despite the Oil and Gas Authority granting 10 onshore licenses in the area. These licenses known as PEDL’s, hold the potential for fracking developments.
The use of High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing (HVHF), or ‘fracking’, as a means of extracting oil and gas sparked national interest after the first UK site in 10 years opened in Lancashire, on the 15th October 2018.
However, concerns about the environmental effects of this process have reached their peak after The British Geological Survey recorded tremors in Lancashire at the site of international oil company Cuadrilla. The only place in the UK where fracking currently takes place.
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However, despite licenses being granted, Dorset appears yet to be considered. To date, no applications to frack for shale gas have been submitted. The Dorset Council believe this could be due to ”uncertainty as to whether the geology in Dorset would prove to be suitable for fracking.”
International oil company Perenco already extract oil at Wytch Farm in Poole and own several licenses in the area. Their recent application to extend the working life of Wytch Farm went through on the condition that no fracking would take place at the site.
When asked whether they were planning to frack in the future, they declined to comment.