Preparations for drilling the second well, WNA-2 / Well Cellar Construction
“CF explained that although the site is already there, they need to construct a new cellar. This is a small construction project taking 2-3 weeks, during which they will excavate 3-4m in depth to install a new cellar and the surrounding concrete pad.” – West Newton “Community” Liaison Committee Minutes
5th Nov – Rig Packed Down Ready to Leave
22nd Oct – Well Intervention Equipment with Scaffolding
7th Oct – Fracking Company Cuadrilla On Site?
Cuadrilla Resources is an all out fracking company. Witnesses at the site reported over-hearing workers on the phone to Cuadrilla, the work over rig is owned by Cuadrilla, and a worker in Cuadrilla branded work wear was on site. Rathlin Energy deny that Cuadrilla workers have been at West Newton.
7th Oct – Small Dead Mammals in Murky Water
It turned out that Rathlin Energy was poisoning them. They categorically denied it; but the EA confirmed it. Details on the Incidents page > Rathlin Poisons Wildlife
6th Oct – Climbing Rig Without Harness
One of the 20 main impacts of extreme energy is dangerous working conditions, and we’ve seen many breaches of H&S on Rathlin Energy’s sites, such as not wearing hard hats within the compound.
This is example shows a worker who appears to be climbing the rig without a harness.
25th Sep – Piles of Small Dead Mammals
Hundreds of rodents suddenly died in the drainage ditches around West Newton well site, when certain work was being carried out resulting in sustained, loud, and heavy rumbling. They may have been attracted or confused by the vibrations from the site. The Environment Agency also recorded the presence of oil in the perimeter ditch.
14th Sep – Gas Flaring
People present when flaring occurred, even for short periods, reported sore throats and headaches.
16th Aug – Standard Operating Procedure?
14/15th Aug 2014 – Mini-frac Incident
Emergency well intervention equipment mobilised to site after an emergency well shutdown. Read more on the Incidents page here.
5th Jul – Dead Hare in Ditch
July 2014 – Cuadrilla Work Over Rig at West Newton