Opponents of Rathlin Energy’s plans for another exploratory gas wellsite in the West Newton area of East Yorkshire have been lobbying decision-makers ahead of a crucial meeting tomorrow.
Council officers are recommending approval of plans for another exploratory gas well in Holderness, East Yorkshire.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council is to decide on Rathlin Energy’s planning application for another well at West Newton in Holderness on Thursday 4th June.
Rathlin Energy has revealed testing and drilling plans for its exploration site at Crawberry Hill near Beverley in East Yorkshire. But there are questions over whether the company can complete the work programme before its planning permission expires in October.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council has postponed its decision on Rathlin Energy’s planning application for a new drilling site at West Newton until after the May elections.
Rathlin Energy’s drilling operations in East Yorkshire have been heavily criticised by local people contributing to an official consultation. They accused the company of causing noise, damaging vibrations, light pollution, smells and extra traffic.
The Humberside and East Yorkshire Frack Off group has called for a suspension of Rathlin Energy’s activities in the region and an inquiry into the West Newton drill site. The call follows an investigation by DrillOrDrop.com into breaches of environmental permits at West Newton.