Total

Total’s press release 13 Jan 2014 announcing support for a consortium exploring for shale gas in PEDLs 139 & 140 (North East Bassetlaw plus an area around Bawtry):
http://total.com/en/media/news/press-releases/20140113-Total-Becomes-the-First-Major-to-Enter-into-Shale-Gas-Licences-in-the-UK-1
http://frack-off.org.uk/fracking-the-east-midlands-total-distraction/
Other partners are Dart, Egdon, IGas and eCorp. IGas will lead the exploration phase but Total will take the lead if it gets to a production phase.
http://www.egdon-resources.com/article/13_January_2014_-_Farm-out_Agreement_with_Total_E&P_UK_Limited_-_PEDL139_&_PEDL140
It is possible that Dart has retained a majority interest in the coal bed methane layers nearer the surface.

Total is also investing in PEDL 209 (North of Gainsborough, around Laughton) where Egdon will be the operator for exploration:
http://www.egdon-resources.com/article/30_January_2014_-_Opt-in_Agreement_with_Total_E&P_UK_Limited_-_PEDL209

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