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18-month council road closures for new Rathlin Energy drilling site

200115 WN road closures map

Road closures (marked in red) and diversion (purple) around Rathlin Energy’s new well site at West Newton B near Burton Constable. The other section marked in red is for the company’s other local well site at West Newton A

Three roads in East Yorkshire could be closed for up to 18 months during work at an oil and gas site.

The closures, ordered by East Riding of Yorkshire Council, began on 6 January 2020 and could run until 6 July 2021.

A council spokesperson confirmed the road closures were for work at Rathlin Energy’s West Newton B site, near Burton Constable.

The closures affect all through traffic using Pasture Lane, Flinton, and Engine Lane and Crook Lane. Residents, businesses and the emergency services will be able to use the roads.

This is the second set of roads to be closed by the council for work on a Rathlin oil and gas site.

DrillOrDrop reported in June 2019 that the council had closed two roads to the company’s West Newton A site at High Fosham.

Those closures were originally for three months but was later extended for up to 18 months.

A spokesman for East Riding of Yorkshire Council told DrillOrDrop today:

“On 6 January the council put in place traffic orders temporarily prohibiting through traffic along Pasture Lane, Flinton, and Engine Lane and Crook Lane in Burton Constable.

“The orders cover all vehicles and are in place for a period of 18 months, however access will be maintained for local residents, local businesses and for the emergency services at all times.

“The road closures relate to work being carried out at the West Newton B site by Rathlin Energy (UK) Ltd.

“The orders, which have been supported by Humberside Police, have been put in place for the purpose of public safety while works are being carried out near the roads and because of the likelihood of danger to the public, or serious damage to the roads, not attributable to the work.”

East Riding of Yorkshire Council granted planning permission for two exploration wells at West Newton B on 4 June 2015.

But no work, apart from archaeological trenches, has been carried out at the site.

Under the terms of the planning permission, the development must begin by June 2020.

Union Jack Oil plc, a partner in the site, announced in November 2019 that it had raised £5m for the two West Newton B wells.

Also in November, Rathlin Energy confirmed that it could not begin work at the site until there had been an archaeological survey. A geophysical survey of the site in 2015 revealed potential archaeological features that could represent evidence of a medieval or earlier settlement.

The company said it planned to drill to about 2,100m to target the Kirkham Abbey and Cadeby reservoirs. Site construction was expected to take 12 weeks, it said.

18 replies »

  1. I cant wait to make a killing on rbd and ujo shares,swampies and eco warriors can get stuffed . The country needs to use its resources and this is exactly what’s needed .

  2. “On 6 January the council put in place traffic orders temporarily prohibiting through traffic along Pasture Lane, Flinton, and Engine Lane and Crook Lane in Burton Constable.

    “The orders cover all vehicles and are in place for a period of 18 months, however access will be maintained for local residents, local businesses and for the emergency services at all times.

    “The road closures relate to work being carried out at the West Newton B site by Rathlin Energy (UK) Ltd.

    “The orders, which have been supported by Humberside Police, have been put in place for the purpose of public safety while works are being carried out near the roads and because of the likelihood of danger to the public, or serious damage to the roads, not attributable to the work.”

    “likelihood of danger to the public, or serious damage to the roads, not attributable to the work.”?? That is clearly not true, the likelihood of danger to the public or serious damage to the road, is clearly directly attributable to the work.
    Not only that the planned road closures will put pressure on the surrounding roads that will be used as diversions and that will also be an increased danger to the public and risk of serious damage to the roads. That is also directly attributable to the work.

    The spokesman for East Riding of Yorkshire Council is clearly avoiding the issues because road closures and traffic orders are not necessary unless work will damage the roads, vehicles are too wide for the available carriageway width, as we have seen before elsewhere, and the public are in danger from the works traffic and services.

    Are the alternative routes around the road closures suitable for the inevitable traffic movements and the increased pressure resulting from the road closures?

    The explanations given such as they are, are far too vague and imprecise to be considered sufficient for purpose. Clearly a more detailed explanation of precisely why the roads will become dangerous to the public and are in danger of serious damage must be fully detailed. Particularly to those local residents who will have to negotiate the dangers and to the emergency services who may have to get there?

    It looks like East Riding of Yorkshire Council needs to be much more forthcoming on the plans and the precise reasons for the road closures and make the entire plans public.

  3. Hmm.

    Why copy what is said regarding local access, emergency services etc. and then go on to state as if it has not been covered?

    “Clearly” someone is not seeking clarity.

    Meanwhile, in the real world, we will get on with navigating around short term, or longer term diversions, as a simple and accepted method of not delaying our journeys and interrupting others work. Sat. Navs. are quite good at it, if some have a problem. (Perhaps the resident antis could add it to their crowd funded list?)
    Helps mitigate against climate change if vehicles are not kept waiting. Before Newbury Bypass wash net curtains after every Bank Holiday. After Bypass, no need.

    Very practical people in Yorkshire.

    • Hmm

      Why comment on something you demonstrably know nothing about Martin?

      “Clearly” you are not seeking or capable of clarity judging by past lack of “performance”. I see no traffic survey or swept path analysis or LINSIG3 report to substantiate any such road closures or to justify anything other than vague claims. The spokesman for East Riding of Yorkshire Council is clearly avoiding the issues.

      Oh yes, speaking of vague claims.

      You have failed your own BS test AGAIN Martin!

      Oops!

  4. “That was clearly a penalty”.

    Oops. Some seem to use the “clearly” when Specsavers are the solution.

    But, I have collected my papers now, passing one new warning of a coming diversion. A very common sight around my patch.

    • I appreciate your apology for your clear lack of clarity Martin. Maybe Specsavers can “save” your spec? Maybe that is more to do with selective attention span problem, rather than a specific sight related problem?

      It would appear nothing will be done until an archaeological survey is completed anyway. So why close the roads at all at this stage?

      “Also in November, Rathlin Energy confirmed that it could not begin work at the site until there had been an archaeological survey. A geophysical survey of the site in 2015 revealed potential archaeological features that could represent evidence of a medieval or earlier settlement.”

      These clearly contradictory statements below however, proves that the need to close roads is indeed because of works to the site:

      “The road closures relate to work being carried out at the West Newton B site by Rathlin Energy (UK) Ltd.”
      And
      “The orders, which have been supported by Humberside Police, have been put in place for the purpose of public safety while works are being carried out near the roads and because of the likelihood of danger to the public, or serious damage to the roads, not attributable to the work.”

      Clearly both cannot be true, the clear contradiction of statements invalidates the stated reasons for closure, not to mention the archaeological survey that must be carried out first which would require no road closure.

      However regarding the apparent selective attention span, maybe Rant and FekSavers can help?

      Clear now?

  5. @ Oil lover. You clearly have not followed what happened at PNR, the investors for that particular site/company could not wait to bail out ! The effects of the seismic activity was felt some 20 miles away with damage caused to some houses. Clearly you should do some investigation as to whether your investment may cost you dearly when you can’t breath the air or drink the water or your home is damaged costing you thousands in the long term.

    • Clearly Janice it is yourself who should do some investigation and check the difference between PNR and this site. I suspect Oil lover may have done so.

      Intriguing this growing use of “clearly” that means exactly the opposite. Perhaps it is the latest focus group output for the antis? There does seem to be a history of the same phrases being used over a period by a number of people.

  6. I have been clear from the word go. Your attempts at adding to that clarity (LOL) like listing access provisions and then “clarifying” access would be an issue, is clearly an attempt to do something but will not impact upon my clarity.

    Just wait for the paint to dry and then you will be able to walk back to the door.

    • “Go”!

      No Martin, you haven’t been clear from the word “go”. Where have you written the word “go” anywhere? I see no such word in your interminable avoidance posts? More like “no go” isn’t it.

      However, getting back to the subject, rather than spurious avoidances? I clearly provide you with clearly stated and proven incontrovertible evidence of contradictory statements regarding the road closures and the spurious reasons for doing so, and all you can do is hide from the truth in your own self painted corner.

      If you look down Martin, that wet blue paint is clearly all around you. You have no more corners to hide in, and no more room to move.

      I have been clear from the word “Go”!

      Another fail from your own BS test.

      Dont call us, we wont call you.

  7. Ruth or Paul, the headline for this report requires rephrasing as it is both inaccurate and misleading. The roads named were not closed on the 6th January and currently remain open.

    Engine Lane/Crooks Lane is a single track road mainly used as access to the four farm/residential buildings along the route. It’s closure will not have any impact on other roads, due to the very small volume of traffic and as there is a similar single track road running parallel that can be used.

    Pasture Lane is another single track road approximately 0.6 mile long. There are no properties or buildings along its length, it is used as a short cut from the unclassified Marton to Sproatley road when travelling towards Aldbrough. It’s closure will add about 3 minutes to the journey and doesn’t divert traffic onto any different roads. It just changes the junction at which you join the Hull to Aldbrough road.

    As for work on the site, archaeological work does need completing in the area of the well pad. But this doesn’t prevent the drilling of the water monitoring boreholes or the construction of the access road to the site.

    • John – thanks for letting us know the actual situation at the West Newton B well site and access. Clearly not much to scaremonger about and no disruption to anyone.

    • No “scaremongering” Paul. That’s another favourite anti anti lazy cover up term anyway, since it intends not to discuss the issues, merely attempts to label with a lazy term that has no evidence to prove it one way or the other.

      Engineering requires precise unambiguous language that cannot be misinterpreted or hidden in vague terminology.

      So We can dispense with “scaremongering” for a start.

      No Paul and John, i am merely pointing out the contradictory statements and reporting the available facts from the information given above.

      The statements that the road dangers and potential damage being a direct result of the site works or not, is still contradictory.

      The road closure orders are still in place effective on 6th January 2020, those are clearly shown above too. If they have not yet been implemented then that still does not alter the road closure notices.

      The questions about residential access and diversions to other traffic still applies.Though if what John says is true, they are not likely to be extreme.

      The next question is that are the roads intended to service the site capable of taking the load from the HGV site vehicles and will those roads be upgraded and strengthened to take regular HGV and possibly LHGV loads?

      And in that case, who will pay for the upgrading of those narrow roads, Rathlin or the council tax payer? If they are not to be upgraded and strengthened then who will pay for the repair of those roads once they have become damaged? One assumes that these roads would not have been upgraded or damaged if this site was not situated in that location.

      So you see there are still questions to be answered.

      Maybe Paul and Ruth can ask their contact in East Riding of Yorkshire Council whether road closure is imminent and how long the archaeological investigation will take and whether the drilling will be suspended or continued whilst that is progressing?

      Its not rocket science, nor is it speculation, but in the place of silly labels, always worth pursuing the facts.

  8. Thanks John. I was anticipating you might give us the facts.

    Much more informative than far distant speculation.

  9. Traffic to the West Newton B site will travel via Bilton, Wyton and through Sproatley on the B1238 Hull to Aldbrough Road. At the Pasture Lane junction, traffic to the site will leave the B1238 and travel along a private access road that is to be constructed by Rathlin, which will run across fields to the well pad on Crooks Lane.

    Is the road suitable for HGV’s?

    Currently part of the route is being used by HGV’s servicing the construction of a large Solar energy site.

    The B1238 has also been used in the past for the construction traffic used for the Aldbrough gas storage caverns and the Tansterne Biomass plant.

    The road was also the delivery route for the 150,000 tonnes of waste wood per year that the Tansterne plant burns until it went into liquidation in September last year. However this is due to recommence once the plants new owners has completed modifications and gained the necessary consents.

    Will Rathlin or the council pay to upgrade or strengthen the road?

    Rathlin paid for the upgrading of Pipers Lane/Fosham Road including the construction of passing places, this is the access road to the West Newton A site.

    At the last community liaison meeting held in October Rathlin stated that that the East Riding of Yorkshire Council has set out requirements for road improvements if damage is caused and this will be addressed as part of the dilapidation process. The organisation was also more than willing to look at general road improvements where required as part of its operations.

    I believe there is a community liaison meeting due this month which will provide further details. Rathlin have always been open and honest at these events. They have provided a wealth of information to local residents, but have not managed to reach the same level of excitement generated by the activists.

  10. Thank you John. There, that wasn’t so hard was it? Are you part of Rathlin Energy then? You seem to know a lot about it for merely a commentator.

    All useful information however, and no doubt the residents and local people will ask much the same questions and expect much the same reasonable answers. Perhaps you could just hand them your written answer here and they can read it themselves.

    Dont be surprised at questions which will most certainly effect people for at least 18 months, maybe more with extensions.

    However if you attempt to accuse the residents and local people of being “excited activists” rather than simply questioning and enquiring public in an effort to be correctly informed about what is intended, then i suspect you will get a rather more “abrupt” response from them and the public at large, rather than the perfectly sensible and constructive questions and enquiries that i provided.

    In point of fact, also, for your information and future consideration, I am also neither “activist” nor “excited”. I simply ask the right questions. if that is returned as with those on Drill or Drop who tend to comment from the anti anti side, then those words apply solely to them, but not me. I hope you will take that in the polite manner it is freely given.

    Any future questions i have from what arises at West Newton B, i will refer to you if you dont mind. Perhaps if you are working at Rathlin Energy during the day, Paul, either Paul, will perhaps pass them on to you.

    Thank you.

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