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“This is what it looks like when fracking comes to a Yorkshire village” – workover rig delivered to Kirby Mipserton

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Third Energy’s workover rig moving through Kirby Misperton village, 10 October 2017. Photo: Still from video by Leigh Coghill

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.”

Another says:

“Absolute disgrace”

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.

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Third Energy’s workover rig moving through Kirby Misperton village, 10 October 2017. Photo: Still from video by Leigh Coghill

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.

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Rig delivered to Third Energy’s Kirby Misperton fracking site, 10 October 2017. Photo: still from video by Tracie Marcelle

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Rig delivered to Third Energy’s Kirby Misperton fracking site, 10 October 2017. Photo: still from video by Tracie Marcelle

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Rig delivered to Third Energy’s Kirby Misperton fracking site, 10 October 2017. Photo: still from video by Tracie Marcelle

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Policing closing the road as the rig is delivered to Third Energy’s Kirby Misperton fracking site, 10 October 2017. Photo: still from video by Tracie Marcelle

Frack Free Ryedale, a local group which has campaigned against fracking at Kirby Misperton, said more equipment was expected today.

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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.”

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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

 

13 replies »

  1. The size of the HGVs that are passing through the centre of a village is quite shocking, however the number is small compared to what would be required for the development of a new greenfield site, that requires construction as well as the drilling and fracking.
    Make no mistake the impact will be just the same as experienced elsewhere in the world. Ineos has publicly stated they will not lay any pipes on new sites and will therefore be tankering all the water to and from the site as well. So communities will experience far worse than what is currently taking place at Third Energy’s site. Multiply that by the many of hundreds of wells that will be required and then factor in, as also stated by Ineos, the re fracking every three to five years and you get the picture.

  2. Jolly good. Get exciting now. Fingers crossed TE strike it rich and we can open the flood gates.
    These ‘communities’ desperately need something injected into them and if that’s in the form of industrial infrastructure then so be it.

    • I doubt very much you can speak with any accuracy on behalf of those communities facing fracking or what they need “injecting” into them!

    • Or millions of gallons of dirty fracc fluid, that’ll do the local tourism and agriculture industry the world of good. But wait, what about all the highly paid fracking jobs to replace jobs lost elsewhere??

    • Perhaps GottaBinoculated, a communal mirror of the onshore ohandgee “oily blots and rotten parchment bonds” would reveal a certain prolific digital “community” that would benefit from something “injected” collectively into them?
      Like an anti virus perhaps?

    • Local Farmer

      Yup. We have the same problem here with parked cars. The lorries off the Hull Ferry come through the village around 12.30, as they can only follow sat nav. They get stuck due to parked cars. Cue a conversation in various languages as to how to back up and turn round. Then the large farm vehicles get stuck as well ( earthy English is used ).

      Patience is required, especially when beet loading is in progress.

      What is not to like about living in the country?

  3. 12 officers SEIZE Tea Urn

    I can see it now , picture this.

    The highly trained police negotiating officer chooses his words carefully as he clearly speaks orders in to a PA microphone from a distance.

    SLOWLY VERY SLOWLY put down the fairy cake , put your hands in the air where we can see them.. Move slowly , very slowly away from the tea urn ….. HaHaHa

    You can’t help but feel for the officers ordered to execute this removal .
    Looking at the photos/video , the officers body language and embarrassment is clearly visible on their faces as they try and hide behind their baseball caps.

    “This is England, not 1930s Germany!’ Fury as tea lady, 79, who was providing refreshments to anti-fracking protesters is forcibly removed by TWELVE policemen who confiscate her table and urn

    https://www.google.co.uk/amp/www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4965802/amp/Tea-lady-supplying-anti-fracking-protesters-removed.html

    [Typo corrected by moderator]

    • RE- ABOVE

      After what was said to be a text book operation from their commanding officers, when dealing with the violent fugative, dubbed the ” fairy cake kid ” and successfully neutralising the 79 year old ladies WMD Tea Urn .

      The famous ” Dirty Dozen ” we’re summoned once again for yet another daring and dangerous mission.

      The mission codenamed ” operation knitting circle ” was to go behind enemy lines and take out a disabled 85 year lady who was reported to be heavily armed with balls of Wool…………………..

      Disabled 85-year-old woman dragged across busy road by police at fracking protest

      http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/fracking-protest-85-year-old-woman-green-party-anne-power-a7995611.html

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    Your tourism won’t suffer whatsoever. Scotland has blighted its landscape with wind turbines and so far the tourists keep coming. A few tiny pumps down your neck of the woods won’t cause you any harm.

  5. GottaBKidding (appropriate name by the way)
    A fracking pad is not a wind turbine, is it?
    And as you will most likely already be aware, according to the governments latest attitude-tracker survey, fracking is supported by 16% of the public, whilst renewables are supported by 77%.

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