The shale gas company, IGas, announced this morning it had begun drilling its well at Tinker Lane near Blyth in north Nottinghamshire.
News of the spud, which came in a brief statement to investors, follows a protest which blocked the site entrance for more than 80 hours over the weekend.
Two people locked themselves together outside the gate at about 6am on Friday (23 November 2018).
Nottinghamshire Police began removing the lock-on device yesterday morning (26 November 2018).
The protest ended at about 3pm yesterday.
A police spokesperson said a 45-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman had been arrested on suspicion of obstructing the highway. At the time of writing, the police could not confirm whether the two had been charged. Photos below by Eddie Thornton and Tina English
The Tinker Lane site has the first shale gas well to be drilled in Nottinghamshire. IGas describes it as a “vertical multi-core well targeting a number of formations with the primary target being the Bowland Shale geological formation”.