Rathlin Energy has given formal notice that it intends to apply for planning permission for expansion and long-term oil production at one of its sites in East Yorkshire.
The company posted details on the fence at its West Newton-A site in Holderness.
The application will seek to increase the size of the site, test, appraise and produce from the two existing wells and drill, test, appraise and produce from six new wells. Oil production could last for 25 years, the company has said previously.
The notice, required under planning regulations, is official notification to owners or tenants of land to which an application for mineral working relates.
Under Article 13 of the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) Order 2015, the notice must be displayed for not less than seven days in the period of 21 days immediately before the application is made to the local planning authority.
Any representations about the plans for West Newton-A must be made by Friday 9 July 2021 to East Riding of Yorkshire Council. This period does not replace any public consultation period when the application has been submitted and published.
The application must be validated by East Yorkshire planners before it is posted online and opens for public comments. That consultation usually lasts at least three weeks but can be six weeks or more.
When the application has been published, DrillOrDrop will report on the contents and reaction to it.
Rathlin Energy gave some details in a week-long online exhibition in March 2021. This showed that the six new wells would be drilled in a row, with the rig moving from one well to the next. Each well would take about 15 weeks to drill.
The exhibition said there would be 20-25 tanker visits each day during production. This raised concerns locally and nearly 30 representatives of local councils asked the communities secretary, Robert Jenrick, to require an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the application.
Mr Jenrick turned down the request earlier this month and said the drilling plans were “not likely to have significant effects on the environment.
Also this month, Rathlin said it would reduce daily tanker visits to the site to 10 during oil production in response to public concerns. But it said the planning application would continue to assess what it called the worse case of 25 lorries a day on air quality, noise and road capacity.
Opponents of onshore oil and gas operations have vowed to oppose any planning application at West Newton-A.