A report produced by the British Geological Survey (BGS) for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) seems to have been the catalyst for the media reports about possible Fracking in Herefordshire.
But why the specific references of Fownhope and Eastnor in the media? Well, looking at Fig 4 in the report we can see the reason why E Herefordshire has been in the news - we get a mention.
But why Eastnor?
Well, because the DECC report refers to existing boreholes with Cambrian/Tremadoc strata at Fownhope and Fowlet Farm (near Eastnor)
|Fig. 10 Cambrian and Tremadoc outcrop. Many very small outcrops are not shown.|
So now we know why Eastnor was mentioned.
So in conclusion, a report issued by the Dept of Energy and Climate Change and produced by the British Geological Survey, mentions E Herfordshire sites at Fownhope and Eastnor in the context of Unconventional Hydrocarbon Resources and talks about our area as being a "riskier play" but still thinks it worth including.
And that's why, suddenly, E. Herefordshire is in the media as a possible site for Fracking .
Can't find any mention of Much Marcle, though!
(All the images on this page are taken from the BGS/DECC report and are copyright DECC 2012)