Oil and gas wells planned in East Yorkshire could be drilled under five villages, new maps have revealed.
The documents were published online yesterday, just days before the end of public consultations on two planning applications by Rathlin Energy.
The company wants to drill four new wells at the West Newton-A site in Holderness and another one at its nearby West Newton-B site. It is also seeking consent to produce oil and gas from West Newton-A for 20 years and to extend the life of West Newton-B by another three years.
The planning statements, key documents in the applications, assumed that most of the wells would be drilled directionally, away from the site, rather than vertically.
The new maps show the geographical extent of the below-ground drilling for both sites and the area of likely extraction for West Newton-A.
The villages in the drilling zones include Burton Constable and Tansterne (both sites), Flinton (West Newton-B), and Withernwick and Marton (West Newton-A).
Earlier this month, a report on predicted production levels at West Newton-A, said the Kirkham Abbey target formation could deliver substantially higher production rates from horizontal, rather than vertical, wells.
The same report said flow rates could be improved by an acid stimulation programme. Earlier plans for both sites indicated that well treatment options could include matrix acidisation and low volume hydraulic fracturing.
Rathlin Energy said in both applications that directional drilling would allow “for the most efficient production from the reservoir”.
Sarah Hockey, from the West Newton Said No campaign, said:
“I think the plan to drill horizontally under people’s property and land is a very worrying development. People are getting really scared now, especially with the fact they are now planning to use hydraulic fracturing, albeit low level, but acidisation too, which is controversial.”
The West Newton-A application is a scaled-down version of proposals refused by East Riding of Yorkshire Council in September 2021. That scheme attracted 1,121 formal objections, as well as opposition from eight parish councils and local ward councillors.
Ms Hockey said the newly-formed West Newton Said No campaign was set up to raise further awareness through publicity and a sign and poster presence in local villages. She said:
“We want to send a clear message to Rathlin that residents have said no and they meant it.”
Comments on both applications should be submitted to East Riding of Yorkshire Council by 28 January 2022.