In September parliament issued a briefing paper on shale gas and fracking. At the end of the paper there is a list, by constituency, of all the places where Petroleum Exploration and Development Licences (PEDL) had been granted by DECC (Department of Energy and Climate Change) as of Aug 2013. Although Peterborough is not on the list, many nearby places are (including Stamford). The following brief extract from the briefing may help you to understand the significance of a PEDL.
Oil and gas extraction starts with an exploration phase, which may include performing seismic surveys. A test bore may be drilled, to explore what is really underground and how rich the deposits are at different depths and formations. Only then might a company seek to move on to a phase of extraction or ‘development’.
DECC outlines the onshore licensing system on its oil and gas website.
These existing licenses, now that unconventional hydrocarbons are more attractive, may be re-examined for their potential. This will often be in terms of seismic surveys initially, but then possibly moving on to test drilling, where drills may be continued, through where conventional reservoirs are expected to be, to see if shale beds also have potential.
DECC advises that there is no a firm distinction between exploration for shale gas and exploration for other targets. Some companies who are drilling mainly for conventional oil and gas have decided to drill deeper than they otherwise might have, in order to see whether there is prospective shale in their licensed areas (coring is all that is envisaged in these cases and no fracking is involved).
Here then, with duplicates removed, is the list of constituencies where PEDLs have been granted:
Aberavon, Airdrie and Shotts, Altrincham and Sale, West Alyn and Deeside, Amber Valley, Arundel and South Downs, Ashfield, Barnsley Central, Barnsley East, Basingstoke, Bassetlaw, Beaconsfield, Beckenham, Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk, Beverley and Holderness, Bexhill and Battle, Birkenhead, Blackpool North and Cleveleys, Blackpool South, Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, Bolsover, Bolton West, Bootle, Bournemouth East, Bournemouth West, Brecon and Radnorshire, Bridgend, Brigg and Goole, Bristol East, Bristol North West, Bristol South, Bromley and Chislehurst, Broxtowe, Burton, Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, Canterbury, Cardiff West, Carlisle, Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, Carshalton and Wallington, Charnwood, Chesterfield, Chichester, Chorley, Christchurch, City of Chester, Cleethorpes, Clwyd South, Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill, Congleton, Crawley, Crewe and Nantwich, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East, Cynon Valley, Dartford, Delyn, Don Valley, Doncaster Central, Doncaster North, Dover, Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, Dunfermline and West Fife, East Dunbartonshire, East Surrey, East Yorkshire, Eddisbury, Ellesmere Port and Neston, Elmet and Rothwell, Epsom and Ewell, Erewash, Falkirk, Fareham, Folkestone and Hythe, Fylde, Gainsborough, Garston and Halewood, Gedling, Glasgow North East, Glenrothes, Gower, Grantham and Great Grimsby, Stamford, Haltemprice and Howden, Halton, Havant, Hemsworth, Horsham, Isle of Wight, Kingston and Surbiton, Kingston upon Hull East, Kingston upon Hull North, Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle, Kingswood, Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, Knowsley, Lancaster and Fleetwood, Leigh, Lewes, Lewisham West and Penge, Lichfield, Lincoln, Linlithgow and East Falkirk , Liverpool Wavertree, Llanelli, Loughborough, Louth and Horncastle, Macclesfield, Maidenhead, Makerfield, Mansfield, Meon Valley, Mid Derbyshire, Mid Dorset and North Poole, Mid Sussex, Middlesbrough, Middlesborough South and East Cleveland, Mitcham and Morden, Mole Valley, Monmouth, Morley and Outwood, Motherwell and Wishaw, Neath, New Forest West, Newark, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Newport East, Newport West, Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford, North Dorset, North East Derbyshire, North East Fife, North East Hampshire, North East Somerset, North Shropshire, North Somerset, North West Hampshire, Nottingham East, Nottingham North, Nottingham South, Ochil and South Perthshire, Ogmore, Old Bexley and Sidcup, Orpington, Penrith and The Border, Pontypridd, Poole, Portsmouth North, Preston, Redcar, Reigate, Rhondda, Ribble Valley, Richmond (Yorks), Richmond Park, Romsey and Southampton North, Rother Valley, Runnymede and Weybridge, Rushcliffe, Rutland and Melton, Salford and Eccles, Scarborough and Whitby, Scunthorpe, Sefton Central, Selby and Ainsty, Sevenoaks, Sherwood, Sleaford and North Hykeham, Slough, Somerton and Frome, South Dorset, South Ribble, South Staffordshire, South Thanet, South West Surrey, Southport, St Helens, Stafford, Staffordshire Moorlands, Stirling, Stockton North, Stoke-on-Trent, Stone, Streatham, Stretford and Urmston, Sutton and Cheam, Swansea East, West Tamworth, Tatton, Telford, The Wrekin, Thirsk and Malton, Tonbridge and Malling, Tunbridge Wells, Vale of Glamorgan, Warrington North, Warrington South, Wealden, Weaver Vale, Wells, Wentworth and Dearne, West Dorset, West Lancashire, Weston-Super-Mare, Wigan, Wimbledon, Winchester, Windsor, Wirral South, Wirral West, Worsley and Eccles South, Wrexham, Wyre and Preston North, Wythenshawe and Sale East, York Central, York Outer