Opponents of plans for 20 years of oil extraction at a site in rural East Yorkshire are urging people to object.
A local councillor has also called on residents to submit their comments and is seeking detailed scrutiny of the proposals.
A planning application by Rathlin Energy for its West Newton A site in Holderness was published last night.
The scheme proposes increasing the number of wells from two to eight and nearly quadrupling the size of the site.
The application is one of the largest for onshore oil production to go through the planning system in at least eight years.
A public consultation by East Riding of Yorkshire Council is expected to begin imminently. The proposal could be decided by the council’s planning committee in the autumn.
The local campaign group, Fossil Free East Yorkshire, said today:
“Even as the climate breaks down around us, an oil company is asking to industrialise our East Yorkshire farmland with an oil and gas field.
“For our very survival, and the future of our children – our food supplies, our homes, and our security – we must keep it [oil and gas] in the ground.
“The world is turning away from outdated, polluting fossil fuels, so drilling more oil wells now is utter madness.
“But we have a choice – the more people that submit objections, the more chance it will be stopped.”
Local resident Helen Wright said:
“As a resident of New Ellerby, I would be disappointed if the council were to put an oil and gas company before the health and well-being of the council tax payers of Holderness and before the future of our planet.
“It would be total hypocrisy to declare a climate emergency then support the drilling of many new oil wells producing fossil fuels for up to 25 years.”
The proposal original estimated that up to 25 oil tankers could visit the site each day during production. But Rathlin Energy has since scaled this back to 10 per day.
Helen Wright said the increased heavy traffic using rural roads would have detrimental effect on the quality of life of local people.
Harry Clark, who lives a mile from the wellsite, said:
“It is imperative, that we ensure, that the residents of the communities around the West Newton A wellsite and those on the traffic routes to and from the well site, are fully aware of the negative impact on their quality of life, if Rathlin Energy are permitted to proceed with the development that they are proposing.”
Cllr Jacob Birch, who represents Mid Holderness on East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said today:
“Following being notified about this application yesterday I have immediately requested the application be called into the relevant Planning Sub-Committee for full, open and transparent debate and decision making. I would urge all residents to submit their thoughts for and against this application.”
Cllr Birch and nearly 30 local representatives called unsuccessfully earlier this year for an environmental impact assessment to be carried out as part of the application.
Fossil Free East Yorkshire said local people were distributing thousands of leaflets to alert residents and encouraging them to submit objections. It said:
“Oil companies will drill as many wells as they can get away with if there’s a chance to get rich. They want to turn rural East Yorkshire into an oil and gas field, and already have plans for multiple well sites and many more wells.”