Oil and Gas Information Saturday

Events in West Sussex and East Yorkshire

Three events are taking place this Saturday (November 8th 2014) to give local people information about onshore oil and gas drilling. One is organised by a county council, one by a drilling company and one by a campaign group.

East Yorkshire

The village of Aldbrough is hosting two information sessions on Saturday about drilling plans in the Holderness area. Rathlin Energy is proposing to drill a second well near West Newton and carry out seismic testing in the neighbourhood.

One event is organised by Rathlin Energy and is at the village hall in Garton Road from 10am-3pm. The event is open only to people living in 21 local parishes . The company said: “Residents will have an opportunity to learn more about Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited and its work in the Holderness area.”

The company added: “Residents will be required to pre-register for the event to generate a ticket. This ticket must then be handed to our security staff on the day with written proof of address. Unfortunately we cannot allow anyone who has not pre-registered/without identification to enter the information session.”

Click here to register or phone 0800 0467320. Exhibition panels on display at the event will be added to Rathlin Energy’s website.

The other event is an information day, organised by Frack Free East Yorkshire, at the Elm Tree Inn, High Street, Aldbrough HU11 4RP, also from 10am-3pm.

Frack Free East Yorkshire described the day as an open information session. it includes talks, videos, question and answer sessions and a discussion about rights. Frack Free East Yorkshire said: “We are holding our own exhibition at the same time in the village pub to present the other, less publicised, side of the story. Unlike Rathlin’s event, everyone is welcome. No ticket is required and you don’t have to be an immediate local resident like Rathlin stipulate for their event.” Details

West Sussex

The County Council is organising the second of its oil and gas exploration and extraction days. It says the event is a response to residents’ concerns about “a lack of available information relating to oil and gas extraction and exploration”.

“The aim is to provide West Sussex residents with information from a variety of viewpoints”, the council said. But there will not specific discussions about live planning applications.

The event will include representatives from:

  • Environment Agency
  • Health and Safety Executive
  • Department for Energy and Climate Change
  • West Sussex County Council
  • South Downs National Park Authority
  • Frack Free Balcombe Residents’ Association and other campaign groups from Sussex

The event is free and runs from 10am-4pm at the Assembly Room, Council House, North Street, Chichester, PO19 1LQ. People can drop in at any time but the council asks people to confirm attendance in advance by emailing   More details

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