Villagers in Kirby Misperton watched – some in tears – as a workover rig inched between cars parked on narrow streets on its way to Third Energy’s fracking site this morning.
Video recorded by Leigh Coghill, an opponent of the company’s operation, shows the large delivery lorry appearing to get stuck for a short time as it tries to turn a tight corner in the village.
One woman can be heard saying:
“This is what it looks like when fracking comes through a Yorkshire village”
Another woman says to police who escorted the vehicle:
“Look at it. You should be proud of yourself. I’m sure you wouldn’t allow this to happen where you live.”
One woman, who was filming, is heard being told by police she can’t move to another section of the road to get a better view.
Third Energy confirmed that a workover rig was delivered to its North Yorkshire fracking site at Kirby Misperton this morning. A spokesperson said in a statement just after 1pm:
“Third Energy can confirm that the workover rig and associated equipment have been delivered to the KMA well site.”
The rig, delivered at about 10.15am, will be used to prepare the KM8 well before fracking, expected later this year.
Frack Free Ryedale, a local group which has campaigned against fracking at Kirby Misperton, said more equipment was expected today.
North Yorkshire Police tweeted this morning:
“We may need to close Habton Road [the route to the site] at times today to keep people safe. Road closures/diversions will be signposted.”
Last week, Third Energy’s technical director, Alan Linn, told The Times and Star:
“We are beginning to prepare for the work-over phase of the well and that should commence shortly.
“It will probably take us about two weeks. Once we’ve completed that successfully then we would begin to move into the frack.
“We can’t do that until we’ve got our final regulatory approvals in place and we hope those will happen imminently.
“We expect to be finished and wrapped up with the actually fracking before the end of the year.
“If we’re successful, we should hopefully, by that stage, be producing some gas into the Knapton generating station and producing some electricity”.
Updated at 1.05pm to include confirmation from Third Energy that it the workover rig had been delivered
Updated at 2.45 to include new pictures and video of the rig moving through Kirby Misperton