FRACK OFF OUR FOREST: The Current Situation

Subject. Object.

The short answer as to whether there is a fracking threat to the Forest of Dean is a YES, and will be until we get licences removed which allow a company to explore for gas until December 2020. To get the licence, the company has pledged to drill at least one gas well.

We are sharing all our investigations so far regarding the potential of unconventional exploration and recovery of hydrocarbons (oil and gas), including the technique of fracking (hydraulic fracturing of rock) in the Forest of Dean.

A company which has no apparent website, South Western Energy, was in December 2015 formally granted two Petroleum Exploration & Development Licences (PEDLs) to explore for hydrocarbons/ petroleum/ gas and oil in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley, including the SW corner of Herefordshire, and also the Sharpness area across the Severn.


The Government’s “potential impact” zone (the red square above…

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