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January 2021 headlines

Keep up with January’s news with our digest of daily updated headlines about the business, regulation and campaigns around UK fracking, shale, and onshore oil and gas.

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Site plan for UKOG’s Arreton proposal on the Isle of Wight. Source: UKOG

Friday 15 January 2021

Ineos suspends key part of Antwerp chemical facility. DrillOrDrop report on Ineos decision to postpone a controversial scheme to build Europe’s biggest propylene factory in the Port of Antwerp.

UKOG gives details on new production and water reinjection wells at Horse Hill. DrillOrDrop report

Formal approval of UKOG’s Turkish licence acquisition. DrillOrDrop report on official go-ahead for UKOG acquisition of 50% of Resan-Basur licence.

Thursday 14 January 2021

IGas seeks 10 more years at Notts oil sites. DrillOrDrop report on applications to extend planning permission at Rempstone A and B.

Rempstone A well site, Nottinghamshire. Source: IGas

Revealed: business secretary accepted donations from fossil fuel investors. The Guardian reports that Kwasi Kwarteng accepted funding as part of the 2019 election bid despite Tories’ green pledges.

Wednesday 13 January 2021

Horse Hill protest case dropped “in the public interest”. DrillOrDrop report on decision by the CPS to drop charges against two campaigners against oil production at Horse Hill in Surrey.

OGA confirms ongoing flexibility to licence change requests caused by Covid-19. An Oil & Gas Authority review of its Covid-19 approach to licence timelines says flexibility may still be available. Operators and licensees are reminded to approach the OGA early about any request to amend a licence timeline.

Carbon footprint of imported goods could be included in emissions target, minister says. The Telegraph reports that environment secretary, George Eustice, is considering UK targets to reduce emissions that include the carbon footprint of consumer products and imports.

Tuesday 12 January 2021

Wressle frack plan still “in draft”. DrillOrDrop report on a key document needed to allow small-scale fracking at Wressle in north Lincolnshire that has not yet been approved.

Monday 11 January 2021

CCS can’t solve the climate crisis – new research. DrillOrDrop report on a study by the Tyndall Centre on carbon capture and storage. FT and The Herald Scotland

Leaked audit report shows senior staff ‘overlooked’ councillors’ anti-fracking position. Tyrone i says a leaked confidential report has shown two senior members of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council staff failed to appropriately amend a consultation document ahead of launching, to reflect the specific position of councillors around fracking.

Ineos flaring set to light up night sky in Grangemouth. The Falkirk Herald reports that Ineos is warning residents the level of flaring at its Grangemouth site will be particularly high today and tomorrow. Last week, an “operational issue” led to increased flaring for two days.

Friday 8 January 2021

Second consultation on UKOG’s Isle of Wight drilling plans. DrillOrDrop report

Ministers change at energy and climate change. DrillOrDrop report

Thursday 7 January 2021

IGas appeals over refusal to extend life of Avington wellsite in Hampshire. DrillOrDrop report

Avington well site. Source: Google Maps. Imagery @2021 CNES/Airbus. Getmapping plc. Infoterra Ltd & Bluesky.

Wednesday 6 January 2021

Work underway at Wressle oil site. DrillOrDrop update on the North Lincolnshire production well.

Losses rise at Egdon – preliminary results. DrillOrDrop report, Shareprices.com

Tuesday 5 January 2021

Guest post: notice to quit casts new doubt on onshore regulation. DrillOrDrop guest post by Ben Dean about OGA order for plugging and decommissioning of Ryedale wells

Monday 4 January 2021

IGas business update. DrillOrDrop report on IGas “excited about green energy revolution”

Reports that workover rig has been delivered at Wressle site in North Lincolnshire

Saturday 2 January 2021

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council: Councillors criticise items being heard confidentially. An article in the Impartial Reporter quotes criticism by two members of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council over the exclusion of public and press from discussions on a fracking consultation.

Friday 1 January 2021

Horse Hill monthly oil production falls to record low. DrillOrDrop report

Ineos completes acquisition of BP’s global aromatics and acetyls business. Ineos reports the deal, woth $5 billion, covers 15 sites across the world and 10 joint ventures.

2 replies »

  1. Ruth, Happy New Year and all the best for it You have fired me up for the New year Hope things go well down your part of the UK Must get on to our LCC and put some more objections in locally You remind me of my dog walking buddy, Maureen lives just around the corner has a lovely little dog My fellow is a right pain in the butt, jack russel, Prince, we lost him for a few days but he was brought back and has had a complex ever since Keep up the Great work Rob from Lincoln


  2. I am sure there his life in the feild yet , Its just hitting it right when drilling the well , the more information obtained during drill and well test ,the more ukog will learn about the field. I think still big things to come .

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