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Picture post: Six months at KM8 frack site

A collection of drone images chronicles how Third Energy’s site at Kirby Misperton in North Yorkshire filled up with fracking equipment and then almost emptied again over a period of about six months.

The images were taken between October 2017 and March 2018 by opponents of Third Energy plans for the KM8 well.

Third Energy said it was ready to frack on 8 November 2017. But later that month, the Government said its decision on final fracking consent would be delayed by a legal loophole. In January 2018, another delay was announced.

On 6 February 2018, the company confirmed it was releasing some equipment because of the delays. Last week, it removed part of the sound barrier and said fracking may not start until the autumn (link).

October 2017

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KM8 well site, 14 October 2017. Photo: Kirby Misperton Protection Camp

November 2017

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KM8 well site, 5 November 2017. Photo: Eddie Thornton

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KM8 well site, 5 November 2017. Photo: Eddie Thornton

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KM8 well site, 9 November 2017. Photo Eddie Thornton

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Workover at Kirby Misperton KM8 well, 28 November 2017. Photo: Kirby Misperton Protection Camp

December 2017

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KM8 well site, 10 December 2017. Photo: Eddie Thornton

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KM8 well site, 16 December 2017. Photo: Eddie Thornton

January 2018

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KM8 well site, 18 January 2018. Photo: Eddie Thornton

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KM8 well site, 18 January 2018. Photo: Eddie Thornton

February 2018

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KM8 well site, 4 February 2018. Photo: Eddie Thornton

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KM8 well site, 5 February 2018. Photo: Eddie Thornton

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KM8 well site, 8 February 2018. Photo: Eddie Thornton

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KM8 well site, 12 February 2018. Photo: Eddie Thornton

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KM8 well site, 14 February 2018. Photo: Eddie Thornton

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KM8 well site, 16 February 2018. Photo: Eddie Thornton

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KM8 well site, 18 February 2018. Photo: Eddie Thornton

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KM8 well site, 20 February 2018. Photo: Eddie Thornton

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KM8 well site, 20 February 2018. Photo: Eddie Thornton

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KM8 well site, 23 February 2018. Photo: Eddie Thornton

March 2018

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KM8 well site, 5 March 2018. Photo: Eddie Thornton

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KM8 well site, 10 March 2018. Photo: Eddie Thornton

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KM8 well site, 10 March 2018. Photo: Eddie Thornton

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KM8 well site, 14 March 2018. Photo: Eddie Thornton

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KM8 well site, 20 March 2018. Photo: Eddie Thornton

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KM8 well head, 21 March 2018. Photo: Eddie Thornton

April 2018

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KM8 wellsite, 1 April 2018. Photo: Eddie Thornton

Updated 15/3/208, 20/3/2018 and 1/4/2018 with additional pictures

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    • well its Sunday again and warmer today, i heard this on the radio the other day and it struck me as being a Sunday song, and also very appropriate considering the massive spin and tory twitter tweeting offensive being waged at the moment.
      So before i start preparing the lunch, here it is so you can sing along as you get up.

      With greatest apologies to the estate of Nina Simone for playing around a little with the lyrics for:
      Original song: “Sinnerman”

      “Spinnerman”

      Oh spinnerman, who you gonna run to?
      Spinnerman, who you gone an’ spun to?
      Who you gone an’ lied to?
      All the long damn day
      You say
      Well I run to the rock, please hide me
      I run to the frack, please hide me
      I run to the rock, please hide me, Third
      All the long damn day

      But the rock cried out, I can’t hide you
      The frack cried out, I can’t hide you
      The rock cried out, I ain’t gonna hide you guy
      All the long damn day

      I said, rock, what’s a’ matter with you rock?
      Don’t you see I need to frack?
      Bored! Bored! Bored!
      All the long damn day

      So I run to the river, it was bleedin’
      I run to the sea, it was bleedin’
      I run to the sea, it was bleedin’
      All the long damn day

      So I run to the river, it was boilin’
      I run to the sea, it was boilin’
      I run to the sea, it was boilin’
      All the long damn day

      So I run to the Third, please hide me Third
      Don’t you see me sayin’?
      Don’t you see me down here slayin’?
      But the Third he said, go to the devil
      The Third he said, go to the devil
      He said, go to the devil
      All the long damn day

      So I ran to the devil, he was hatin’
      I ran to the devil, he was dictatin’
      Ran to the devil, he was legislatin’
      All on that day

      I cried –
      Power!!!!!!!
      Power to th’ Third
      [8X]
      Bring down
      Power to th’ Third
      [4X]
      Power!!!
      Power to th’ Third
      [12X]

      [Instrumental]

      Oh yeah, woh yeah, woh yeah
      Well I run to the river, it was boilin’
      I run to the sea, it was boilin’
      I run to the sea, it was boilin’
      All the long damn day

      So I ran to the Lord
      I said, Lord hide me, please hide me
      Please help me
      All the long damn day

      He said, child, where were you
      When you oughta been prayin’?
      I said, word, lord, hear me slayin’
      Word, lord, hear me sayin’
      Word, lord, hear me slayin’
      All the long damn day

      Spinnerman you oughta’ been prayin’
      Oughta been prayin’, spinnerman
      Oughta been prayin’
      All the long damn day

      I cried –
      Power!!!!!!!
      Power to th’ Lord
      [12X]
      Go down
      Power to th’ Lord
      [3X]
      Power!!!!!!!
      Power to th’ Lord
      [3X)
      Power, power, Lord
      Don’t you know I need your Lord
      Don’t you know that I need you
      Don’t you know that I need you
      Power, Lord!

      Have a great Sunday with family and friends.

        • Hi Refracktion, remarkably similar lyrics and also as you say, strangely appropriate?

          Peter Tosh – Downpressor Man

          Downpresser man

          Where you gonna run to
          (3x)
          All along that day
          [Chorus:]
          You gonna run to the sea
          But the sea will be boiling
          When you run to the sea
          The sea will be boiling(2x)
          All along that day
          You gonna run to the rocks
          The rocks will be melting
          When you run to the rocks
          The rocks will be meltng(2x)
          All that day
          So I said
          Chorus
          You drink your big champagne and laugh(3x)
          All along that day
          I wouldn’t like to be a flea
          Under your collar man
          (3x)
          All along that day
          You can run but you can’t hide(3x)
          Telling you all along that day
          You gonna run to the Lord
          Beggin’ to hide you
          (2x)
          You gonna run to Jah
          Beggin’ to hide you
          All, all along that day
          And I said Downpresser Man
          Where you gonna run to
          Where you gonna run to Downpresser man
          Where you gonna run to
          I said all along
          All along, along that day Downpresser man(4x)
          Wait, Downpresser man
          Where you gonna run to
          Downpresser man
          I don’t know where you gonna run to
          All along that day
          Downpresser man
          You can’t run, you can’t bribe Jah-Jah
          Can’t call him in a bar
          Fe can drink some
          Devil soup
          Can’t bribe him to run a car now
          Can’t test him faith
          Downpresser man(5x)
          Where you gonna run to
          Downpresser man
          You can’t bribe no one
          Them no want no money
          Them run’f money
          That money get funny
          Downpresser Man…
          S here”

          Songwriters: PETER TOSH

    • Ian, individual pads aren’t particularly big, although PNR would appear quite a bit bigger than KM8, but how would they compare cumulatively for a fully operational shale gas extraction industry? Its all to easy to look at a single pad in isolation but that isn’t how the industry will work if it gets established.

      • A virus is small and neat? Only a little bit larger than an atom. This is an interesting illustration: What does it remind you of?

        A virus high jacks the host and causes it to reproduce endless replicas of itself and hence overwhelms the host’s auto immune system. Result: a sick or deceased host and billions of more virus’s to infect and highjack more hosts?

        Now there is a suitably relevant metaphor if ever i saw one?

      • A virus is very small and neat, not much bigger than an atom, there is an interesting illustration here, what does it remind you of?

        ( http://book.bionumbers.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Ch1Figs-2.png )

        A virus attaches itself to a host and penetrates and high jacks cells which then exhaust their resources reproducing more virus’s, they then overwhelm the hosts own immune system by depleting its resources and cause much of the hosts own defence mechanisms to either fooled into accepting them or prevent them from kicking the virus out of the hosts body.

        Virus’s cause anything from colds to death, the ideal host is still alive but highly contagious, so that the virus can spread more of itself and infect more hosts.

        The odd thing about virus’s is that they are essentially inert and dead tissue, and only contain a DNA code and an infinitely variable system of protein keys to unlock the cells natural protection mechanisms and enter a cell. Harmless in themselves but potentially deadly when encountering a living host?

        I think there are enough fracking metaphors there to be going on with, aren’t there? Atchooo!

        • Ooops, sorry, the first virus post did not appear at first, so i “reproduced” it and reposted it, i assure you its not a virus, but could you delete the first one please?
          Thanks

  1. Now that people are facing the courts for their actions at Fracking sites, only to be told that the promised funds to cover costs and fines are not available and more funding is required.
    Could someone be persuaded to post a photo of the camps accounts. Or will this prove the rumours correct, that the gullible and easily excited have been used and abused by the NIMBY middle class and professional activists?

  2. Credit to Alan Linn and Third Energy for their consideration to the local community by removing the visually obtrusive sound barrier. I feel such a heel for uncharitably thinking it was only dismantled because they were paying a substantial fee to Sky Scaffolding for no real purpose or benefit.
    On another important point, the KM8 Traffic Management Plan was a shambles as police and protester vehicles were not taken into account, so overall numbers were way higher than expected, along with associated air pollution. Police also used their powers on a regular basis to reroute convoys away from the one and only properly assessed route. Assuming that KM8 will still be fracked at a later date, all traffic will be duplicated in future when the site is prepared for action once again. It’s a reasonable assumption that protester activity will not reduce (and is actually likely to increase as the industry attempts to expand into their back yards) so must be taken into account, along with police movements.
    Finally… finances. If satisfactory government/regulators checks into TE’s finances had been properly conducted at the appropriate time, this expense, disruption and duplication could have been avoided. I’m led to believe this was last done about 3 years ago – things evidently changed considerably in the meantime. Perhaps now the govt will develop a sufficiently robust financial check for all fracking companies, including an appropriate time frame for doing it, rather than allowing companies to dump huge taxpayer bills on us, the general public, to facilitate their fracking ambitions. Of course, this should mean the companies should not be allowed to jump the gun with development when essential permissions are not yet in place. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to expect compensation from TE to the public purse for this utterly wasted expenditure – not to mention removing a substantial number of officers from front line policing (of criminality of every description) for months on end, in order to police non violent, peaceful protest.
    TE really brought this situation on themselves by being 4 months late submitting their accounts for two consecutive years. If finalising their accounts was so complicated, why not start the process 4 months earlier? I can only think of three reasons for this: 1. The company, accountants and/or directors are financially inept. 2. They have something to hide. 3. They have no respect for the legitimate financial regulation of this country. If there’s another reason, please do tell.

  3. I see those who rarely post anything of any consequence (the Emoji brigade) are still there trying to excite. Was it worth it?

    There could be another reason Mike. Perhaps they were told they would not be allowed to frack until PNR was fracked and the accounts were deliberately delayed as the smokescreen? Antis then camped outside TE for no purpose, other than to produce evidence for injunctions. It’s known as a decoy. Nah, surely not??

    • Well I’m glad someone came up with another reason at last, because the three I suggested reflect so badly on the financial credibility of the hydrocarbon industry. Sadly Martin, your suggestion is uncredible… to the point of being INcredible, even if it was a joke. Not really a laughing matter though if these are the sort of people tasked with self regulating themselves all across our beautiful countryside. For it to be true, the planning would have had to start years ago, as TE were late with their 2013 accounts, then 4 months late for both their 2015 and 2016 accounts. I suspect TE’s hokey-cokey investors would also take a dim view of paying a fortune to ship in all the equipment for the test frack, then pay to ship it out, then back in, out (you know the rest). As the major investor, you’d think Barclays Bank would have had some influence in TE’s financial competence, but then again, they’ve not been doing too well on that front themselves in recent years have they? Bringing in a high profile financial wizard as a Director like Carillion’s CEO Keith Cochrane would surely have steadied the ship too…. oh hang on, perhaps not. How about the other new Director Baron Jitesh Gadhia, Tory party donor and board member of UK government investments Ltd – surely you could rely on him to get the sums right?

    • ‘I see those who rarely post anything of any consequence (the Emoji brigade) are still there trying to excite’ – you shouldn’t talk about GBK that way; he put a great unicorn emoji on last time…..

  4. i am beginning to think martin is in fact against fracking and all his posts on here are part of a campaign to make the pro-frackers look ridiculous

  5. hrb-when you have moved from a thinking beginner, I’m sure your comments will have something really important to communicate. Let us know when you have reached the intermediate stage.

  6. thank you martin but i am sure i’ll never have anything as important to communicate as you think you have on every subject under the sun
    martin ‘enquire within upon everything’ collyer

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