West Newton? That isn’t in Ryedale, is it?
No, it’s in Holderness, East Yorkshire.
OK. So what’s going on over there?
As you may know, Rathlin Energy have an exploratory well site there. The West Newton A well site was mothballed after the controversial mini-frack test went wrong in summer 2014, leading to an emergency well shutdown. Planning Permission for the West Newton A well site expires in March 2016. If no further planning permission was applied for, the well would have to be plugged and abandoned, and the site restored.
However, Rathlin Energy would like to continue working on the site, and they also want the option to drill a second well. Like the existing well that has already been drilled, the second well could go as deep as the Bowland Shale, about 3,250m. Shale gas can of course only be extracted by fracking, so this is obviously planned to be the starting point of industrialised fracking in the area.
To achieve this, Rathlin Energy have submitted a Planning Variation to extend their planning permission (or a planning extension, in layman’s terms) for another three years.
OK, where do I send it and what’s the deadline?
We would like to encourage people to object to this planning application TODAY as this will be decided by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) Planning Committee on Thursday 26th November. This is, of course, part of a wider plan to establish fracking across the whole of Yorkshire and as such is relevant to anyone within the county, and indeed nationally.
Please email your objection to firstname.lastname@example.org
Also please put the name and Application reference number in your subject line and in the body of your objection:
West Newton A Planning Application Ref 15/03056/STVAR
MAKE SURE YOU INCLUDE YOUR FULL NAME, ADDRESS AND POST CODE IN YOUR OBJECTION
What can I say in my objection?
As with all objections, please start with a sentence or two about yourself, where you live, what you do, your connections to the area, etc. Then you can include some or all of the following points. PLEASE USE YOUR OWN WORDING IF POSSIBLE
Temporary Nature of the Well-Site
Safety record and failure to comply with planning conditions at the site
Rathlin’s record at the West Newton well-site has included many infractions of planning conditions. For example:
For further information on infractions please see Drill or Drop – Bangs, Smells and Traffic. This is a sobering account of daily life near a fracking well and the reality of our ‘gold-standard’ regulations – and a clear warning for Ryedale.
You can also find further details of infractions at West Newton during 2014 on Drill or Drop – What went wrong at West Newton, which you can also summarise and include in your objection.
Environmental Impact Assessment
Effect on local economy in East Yorkshire
Effect on Yorkshire as a whole
You can of course also include any other issues you have with fracking relating to health, industrialisation of the countryside, potential for water pollution, traffic, etc.
For a detailed objection from a concerned local resident, please click here: West Newton A Objection.
These guidelines were produced in conjunction with Frack Free East Yorkshire, and you can read their objection guidelines and more background by going to their Objections Page.
Also please check out the Frack Free East Yorkshire Facebook Page.
We’re all in this together, so let’s support our colleagues in East Yorkshire and stop fracking from starting anywhere.