East Yorks drilling application submitted

Published: Tuesday 6th October 2015 by The News Editor

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A Canadian energy company wants to start drilling at a third site in East Yorkshire.

Rathlin Energy has applied to drill an exploratory borehole for oil and gas at the West Newton site, known as site B.

It has applied for an , although the Environment Agency has confirmed it is not for fracking.

The firm began its drilling and testing operations at West Newton A and Crawberry Hill, near Walkington, in 2013.

But it abandoned its operation at Crawberry Hill in August this year, much to the delight of local campaigners. It said the decision was taken on technical and commercial grounds, not strong opposition.

Now it is seeking a permit to drill at another site in West Newton. If granted, it would let Rathlin drill a well, burn any gas produced during the drilling or testing of the well and release surface water from the site.

But the Environment Agency is in the process of asking people in the surrounding area for their views on the proposal before making a final decision. The public consultation will run until the end of October.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council approved planning permission to explore West Newton B in June.

Copyright Press Association 2015

Copyright Press Association 2015

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hu11-4lp-rathlin-energy-uk-limited-environmental-permit-application-advertisement (environmental permit)

Published: Tuesday 6th October 2015 by The News Editor

Comments (2)
  • John E Pallister BA

    I wonder if there is a clause within a clause about this drilling. Companies don’t go to this extreme unless they suspect there is going to be a large financial gain somewhere, unless
    they have discovered a mass money-laundering caper.

  • Kevin Marshall

    ”This site lies within an important archaeological wetland landscape dating back to the prehistoric era”.So what was the findings?

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