Updated 12.35pm, 10 May 2019
Opponents of oil and gas exploration at Rathlin Energy’s site at West Newton, north of Hull, have been protesting outside the the entrance for more than 30 hours.
At mid-day on Friday 10 May, two people were continuing to lock their arms together through a concrete and steel tube outside the gate.
The protest began at about 5am on Thursday 9 May.
Lorries had been manoeuvring around them to get into the site. On Friday, the gate was blocked by other protesters.
Drilling started on a second well at West Newton on 26 April 2019. Rathlin Energy is exploring for both oil and gas at the site.
The protesters said the drilling equipment had created an “industrial scar on the landscape with a huge floodlit rusty structure dominating the skyline”.
They said in a statement:
“This new arrival has also brought 24 hour a day disturbance to locals and wildlife in the form of excessive lighting, constant low frequency and loud noises, increased emissions from generators and traffic, and a huge increase in heavy goods vehicles through the local villages, bringing increased pollution levels and danger to these country roads.”
The statement said of this morning’s protest:
“The group … feel this action has been necessary due to the continued investment in onshore oil and gas which flies in the face of all current research and government policy that suggest we should be aiming to reduce and eradicate the use of fossil fuels immediately in order to face a potential crisis for the whole of humanity.
“With recent declarations of climate emergency by administrations at all levels of power across the country, both locally and nationally, this group believe that if people do not step forward to highlight and take action against the industrialisation of the countryside we could be set to see many of our landscapes and precious species start to disappear.”
One of the people locked to the device said:
“As far I’m concerned I’m acting on behalf of humanity. This drill and industry is the destruction of the planet, not protecting it.”
Road-side camps established by protesters near West Newton have been cleared by East Riding of Yorkshire Council three times.