West Newton wellsite is live again – protests daily – please attend
13th April 2019: Main drill rig delivered, but drilling suspended awaiting further equipment.
We are at the heart of a Northern Sacrifice Zone
From the North York Moors to the Peak District, from Derby to York and all the way out to the coast, the north of England is being sacrificed to the oil and gas industry for increasingly extreme fossil fuel extraction.
Fracking is extreme fossil fuel extraction, such as hydraulic fracturing, coal bed methane, and underground coal gasification. It can involve vast amounts of water, pressures extreme enough to fracture rock, toxic chemicals and waste, setting fire to coal seams underground, and industrialisation of the countryside on a massive scale. It is unlike anything the UK has seen before.
Impacts from fracking include:
- water consumption
- air pollution
- water contamination
- methane leaks
- industrialisation of rural areas on a massive scale
- requires 1000s of wells in our region alone
- rigs, pumps, tanks, pipelines & compressor stations
- thousands of HGV movements on country roads & increased accidents
- toxic chemicals & support industries
- disposal of toxic & radioactive waste frack fluids
- serious & widespread human & animal health impacts
- noise & light pollution with 24/7 drilling
- corporate profit over community costs
- negatively affects other industries such as agriculture and tourism
- well failure is likely, & increases with time
- abandoned wells & clean up costs
- property blight & falling house prices
- earthquakes, subsidence & road damage
- inadequate regulation; regulators facing huge budget cuts
- dangerous working conditions
- and most seriously of all, climate change
The following pages explain more, and give evidence of the horrendous impacts already suffered by communities in other parts of the world.
We explain the local situation, and what you can do about it. If we take action now, together we can stop this industry, conserve our countryside, and keep East Yorkshire Frack Free.
Virtually the whole of East Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Wolds has now been licensed for gas field development.
In December 2015 the Oil & Gas Authority announced new on-shore exploration licences.
Green blocks on the map above have been awarded to infamous fracking company Cuadrilla.
Further north, Orange blocks go to large licence holder Ineos.
The beautiful Yorkshire Wolds, across the north of East Yorkshire, are a prospective shale area. Companies hope to extract shale gas from here by High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing.
The Brown blocks around Goole go to Europa Oil & Gas. This area is prospective for Coal Bed Methane.
Around Hull and covering Holderness, an existing licence is held by Rathlin Energy, part of the pink area. They claim, rather unconvincingly, to only be interested in conventional extraction. They attempted a mini-frack on the Bowland shale in 2014, which went wrong. Their test program was a catalogue of mishaps.
West Newton A – this wellsite had serious problems with a mini-frack test program, including an emergency well shutdown, ongoing gas leaks, and 19 breaches of their EA Permit. The first well has been mothballed; a second well is being drilled, started Dec 2018. more…
West Newton B – despite serious incidents at West Newton A, and a couple of hundred of objections, East Riding of Yorkshire Council unanimously granted Rathlin Energy planning permission for a 3rd wellsite in 2015. West Newton B is a much larger site only a couple of kilometres south of West Newton A. Construction was delayed, likely due to lack of funds, and then abandoned. more..
Crawberry Hill – abandoned in August 2015, and has been restored to field. It was drilled in 2012 and tests, including a mini-frack on the Bowland Shale, were planned for 2014 but not possible due to ongoing protests. more…