West Newton A Expansion

West Newton A wellsite near Burton Constable Hall in East Yorkshire. A major expansion is planned. More wellsites & wells also planned. Act now to have your say.

> Link to the Planning Application <


Planning Permission Applied for:

  • a major expansion of West Newton A wellsite – to treble in size
  • to drill 6 new wells – 90 weeks of drilling 24/7
  • 17,000 HGVs during 2 years of drilling
  • decades of fossil fuel production
  • up to 10 tankers of flammable crude oil per day via Hull & quiet, rural roads
  • they previously estimated 25 tankers a day – an HGV passing every 14 mins
  • East Riding & Hull Councils just declared a Climate Emergency


Public Consultation Now Open – Have Your Say


Oil & Gas Field Plans

Multiple wellsites and many more wells are planned.

 A   West Newton A Wellsite  Planning Application to expand.
Pipers Lane / Fosham Road, Marton HU11 5DA. HGV route via Hull, New Ellerby & Marton.

 B   West Newton B Wellsite  Drilled in 2020, testing underway.
Crook Lane, West Newton. HGV route via Hull, Bilton, & Sproatley.

 C  &  D   West Newton C & D wellsites  Planned, initial details uncovered 2020
Land South East Of Smithy Briggs Farm, Crook Lane, Burton Constable HU11 4LW
Land West Of Low Fosham Farm, Low Fosham Road, Aldbrough HU11 4LP

“Oil companies will drill as many wells as they can get away with, if there’s a chance to get rich. They want to turn rural East Yorkshire in to an oil & gas field, and already have plans for multiple well sites and many more wells”

West Newton A Wellsite

West Newton A Wellsite is north east of Hull near Burton Constable Hall, and was constructed in 2013. Two deep (over 2,000m) oil & gas wells have been drilled. Operator Rathlin Energy now wants to drill 6 more wells, and produce oil & gas. Oil would be transported to North Lincolnshire by road tanker, via the A165, Hull, and the A63.

The exact location is shown here, on the West Newton A page.


Impacts include:

  • Noise, vibration, light
  • Traffic: could be 200,000 HGV trips
  • harmful diesel pollution on route
  • Road Safety along route
  • Gas venting & flaring
  • Noxious gases & smells (as in 2014, for months – see here)
  • Climate change: methane, CO2
  • Development alone = 200,000 tonnes CO2 equivalent


What is the Planning Application for?

  • to expand West Newton A wellsite to 3.46ha (8.55 acres), nearly triple the current size
  • 30 HGVs would visit the site each day during 12 weeks of site construction – equivalent to 1 journey leg every 12 minutes for 12 hours
  • A drilling rig up to 55m (180 feet) tall would be used to drill 6 new wells
  • Additional sidetracks could be drilled for all six wells
  • Drilling for a total of 90 weeks, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Wells would be treated with acid before production
  • If wells did not flow, they will be treated with nitrogen gas for 1-5 days
  • Up to 330,000,000 standard cubic feet of waste gas could be burned during well testing
  • Well testing to take 1-2 years
  • to store up to 490 tonnes of crude oil
  • up to 10 tankers would visit the site every day during 20 years of production
  • previously Rathlin Energy stated 25 tankers a day – equivalent to 1 journey every 14 minutes for 12 hours, including Sundays and bank holidays


Previous Incidents

During testing in 2014 when the site was last active incidents included:

  • an emergency well shutdown, apparently when the planned mini-frac test went wrong. Tests and the lower section of well were abandoned.  See here.
  • 19 breaches of Environment Agency Permit; enforcement action taken.  See here.
  • overflowing drainage ditches, leaky tanks, ongoing gas leaks.  Catalogued on the Incidents page here; noxious smells here.


What Happens Next?

A Planning Application has been submitted (July 2021) and the Public Consultation is now open – the most important opportunity for you to have your say.

Later in the summer it will go to the Planning Committee of East Riding of Yorkshire Council (possibly around September, we’ll update this page when we know).

They will decide whether to Allow or Refuse permission. The public consultation is your chance to convince them.


Act Now
How to have your say


Easy Action

Submit a one word comment “Object”.

The total number of objections matters, as it is reported to the Planning Committee. Beginning with the word Object makes it clear whether the comment is for, or against, or neutral.

Encourage others to object too.


More Effective Action

Submit a comment beginning “Object” and state why.

  • Check the guidance
  • Be factual – anonymous, rude or libellous comments will be binned
  • Stick to Material Considerations (matters relevant to the application)


Comment Now at  >>> This Link <<<



This page will be updated with more detailed guidance later.