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Public Meetings in Formby and Haskayne

Calling all residents of Halsall, Haskayne, Downholland, Barton, Formby, Great Altcar, Little Altcar and other communities on the A565, the route from the motorway network to Formby:

Following Aurora Energy Resources submission of a ‘scoping’ request, The Moss Alliance will be holding Public Meetings to raise awareness at:

The Gild Hall, Formby 7.30 pm on Tuesday 6th February 2018 and

Haskayne Village Hall, Haskayne 10.30 am on Saturday 10th February 2018


Exploratory Drilling on Altcar Moss

Aurora Energy Resources recently submitted a “scoping request” for opinion to Lancashire County Council (LCC). This confirms their plans for exploratory drilling / fracking on Altcar Moss. LCC have 5 weeks to provide an opinion, unless a longer period is agreed with the applicant.

Aurora propose initially to drill two boreholes at the Altcar Moss site. The first will be a vertical well which will be drilled through the entire thickness of the prospective Bowland/Hodder shale section. Core samples of the various shale units will be collected for analysis. A second borehole will then be drilled, initially vertically and then horizontally for approximately 1,500m within a specific target layer.


​Whilst the exact position of the horizontal borehole has yet to be finalised, it will be contained within the subsurface area marked with a red dashed line in the above plan (click on map for detailed view).

We understand that Aurora is planning a ‘public engagement’ exercise at Haskayne Village Hall on Saturday 17th February; further details to follow asap.


Welcome to the website of ‘The Moss Alliance’. We are a recently formed alliance of local groups opposed to fracking and committed to raising awareness of Aurora Energy Resources’ plans to frack in Great Altcar, West Lancashire. #WESAIDNO

Further details about unconventional hydrocarbon extraction (fracking) together with information relating to the imminent threat to the region will be added to the site over the following weeks. We will also post regular updates about the campaign and details about forthcoming events.

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