The drilling rig has left Rathlin Energy’s West Newton oil and gas exploration site in East Yorkshire.
The rig was visible on the site from drone footage recorded yesterday (25 June 2019). But pictures from this morning (26 June 2019) showed that the rig had gone.
Last week, Rathlin and its UK partners, Reabold Resources and Union Jack Oil, announced that the rig and drilling equipment would be demobilised.
Yesterday, a low-loader was photographed leaving West Newton in the afternoon without the rig.
Campaigners against Rathlin’s operations at West Newton have been monitoring the company since January. There have also been ongoing protests at and near the site.
On Sunday (23 June 2019), a group reported a heavy goods vehicle to police because of concerns about potentially dangerous defects.
Chief Inspector Lee Edwards, of Humberside Police, told DrillOrDrop:
“We recently had reports that a contractor’s vehicle leaving the oil and gas exploration site at Piper’s Lane, West Newton, looked to be in an unroadworthy condition.
“An initial vehicle check was made by a roads police officer at the scene and following this check we called for a second more thorough vehicle examination. This was completed by the government agency The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency.
“The Driver and Vehicle Standard Agency inspector found a couple of minor advisory faults which have been reported to the operator. The vehicle was roadworthy and no further enforcement was necessary.”
On Saturday (22 June 2019), a group of 13 walkers and campaigners challenged the recent closure of sections of footpaths near the West Newton site.
The closures were part of a traffic order approved by East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC).
The group, which walked sections of the route, said:
“We wanted to show Rathlin Energy and ERYC that residents in Withernwick and Ellerby – or anywhere else for that matter- ought to be able to continue to walk the public footpaths that have been closed for no good reason.
“We walked peacefully on these years-old paths without the need of interruption from the police or anyone else. The paths were closed – allegedly- for road works, but even the police don’t know where the roadworks are.
“We want to empower other villagers to walk in the paths too. It is our right to do so. It is Rathlin that is industrialising our local area- why should we residents allow them to walk all over us? The path was closed without any of the statutory notice to those affected, like us.”