Bowland Shales – type succession

Peddling and Scaling God and Darwin

Today (15th December 2014) the exploration company reported that their exploratory well at Ellesmere Port, near the mouth of the River Mersey had struck gas, but not oil. They did not say anything beyond shales being gas-rich.  From their press release the drill had passed though some 800 ft of Coal Measures cutting through several seems and 1400ft of the magical Bowland Shales and Sabden shales, which contained quantities of gas.

As gas firms are looking for Bowland Shales thousands of feet below the surface we often don’t  see them as cores will often bring up sludge or rather cuttings! but a change of drill bit allows decent cores.  However  however there are considerable exposures of Bowland shales in the Forest of Bowland and around Pendle Hill. This Victorian geological map shows the area from the Craven fault down to the Mersey, with Ellesmere Port just south of the River…

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