West Newton-A, East Yorkshire

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Rathlin Energy’s West Newton oil and gas site, June 2019. Photo: Used with the owner’s consent

Last updated 8/7/2020

Key facts

Address: West Newton A wellsite, Fosham Road, High Fosham, HU11 5DF

Planning applications: Original application 12/04193/STPLF granted in January 2013. Application to extend permission until 21 December 15/03056/STVAR granted on 26 November 2015. Further application 18/02924/CM to extend permission until  granted on 15 November 2018 until 19 November 2021.

Operator: Rathlin Energy

Licence: PEDL183

Status: Mobilisation of drilling equipment


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Conductor rig at Rathlin Energy’s West Newton A well site north of Hull, 20 January 2019. Photo: Peter Yankowski


16 June 2020

Union Jack promotes “green credentials” of future oil production from West Newton. Details

26 May 2020

Reabold increases stake in West Newton licence. Details

27 April 2020

West Newton A permit changes approved. Details

2 March 2020

Bid published to change permit for West Newton well test. Details

20 February 2020

Revised well test plan submitted for West Newton A. Details

2 February 2020

Revised well test plan submitted for West Newton-A, says Union Jack Oil. Details

23 December 2019

Campaigners question statements on West Newton-A2 well test. Details

12 November 2019

West Newton lock-on trial collapses. Details

11 November 2019

Focus at West Newton A switches to oil with upgraded data on oil in place. Details

12 September 2019

East Riding of Yorkshire Council grants planning consent for 199 tonnes of crude oil to be stored at West Newton-A site

29 August 2019

Rathlin Energy confirms suspension of well test following oil find. Details

28 August 2019

Equipment leaves West Newton well site

22 August 2019

First day of West Newton well test prompts smell complaints. Details

Reabold Resources increases stake in West Newton licence. Details

12 August 2019

Rathlin Energy begins mobilising workover rig and other equipment for testing the West Newton-A2 well. Details

Deliveries delayed by a lorry surfing protest.

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Rig surf protest outside Rathlin Energy’s West Newton-A wellsite in East Yorkshire, 12 August 2019. Photo: West Newton Gateway to the Gasfields

6 August 2019

New operations approved for West Newton oil and gas site, including cold venting and acid squeeze. Details

Roads to close for up to two months as testing begins at West Newton. Details

5 August 2019

Campaigner remanded in custody. Details

10 June 2019

East Riding of Yorkshire Council closes road for 21 days. 3-person lock-on protest blocks access. Details

24 July 2019

Rathlin seeks consent from East Yorkshire Council for oil storage at West Newton. Details

26 June 2019

Rig leaves West Newton well site. Details

17 June 2019

Investor at West Newton describes it as “potentially UK’s largest onshore hydrocarbon discovery since 1973”. Details

13 June 2019

Road closure at West Newton drilling site extended up to 18 months. Details

6 June 2019

Lorry protest ends after 27 hours. Details

3 June 2019

Two-person lock-on protest begins at 4am. Lasts until 2am on 5 June. Details

23 May 2019

Eviction of monitoring camps costs East Riding of Yorkshire Council £33,983.34. Complaints about noise of drilling at the site. Details

26 April 2019

West Newton A-2 well spudded at 1.45am. Details

13 April 2019

Rathlin Energy reports that operations will be suspended pending the arrival of additional equipment. Details

10 April 2019

8-hour lock on protest. Details

8 April 2019

Lorry protest as rig is delivered. Details

25 March 2019

Rig contract signed for West Newton well. Details

22 March 2019

Second eviction outside West Newton-A well site. Details

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Conductor rig installed at Rathlin Energy’s West Newton A well site in East Yorkshire, 8 January 2018. Photo: still from video by West Newton Gateway to the Gas Fields group

20 February 2019

East Riding of Yorkshire Council rejects community appeal against eviction of monitoring station at West Newton A. Details

23 January 2019

Fire crews called to “minor incident”. DrillOrDrop report

22 January 2019

East Riding of Yorkshire Council confirms it has sought an eviction order against the monitoring station. Details

14 January 2019

Consultation begins on application to vary environmental permit. Details

8 January 2019

Conductor rig installed. DrillOrDrop report

5 January 2019

Opponents establish monitoring and information station at West Newton-A. DrillOrDrop report

4 December 2018

First delivery to West Newton-A

30 November 2018

Rathlin announces start date for work at West Newton-A. DrillOrDrop report

15 November 2018

Councillors approve second application for 36-month extension. DrillOrDrop report

8 November 2018

Rathlin Energy accounts show the company owes £33.9m, “casting doubt” over its viability. DrillOrDrop report

7 November 2018

Officials recommend second extension of planning permission. DrillOrDrop report

4 September 2018

Rathlin Energy application for a further 36-month extension  at West Newton-A. DrillOrDrop report

26 November 2015

Planning consent for West Newton-A extended for an additional 36 months (decision date 21 December 2015) DrillOrDrop report

5 October 2015

Rathlin Energy describes West Newton-A gas discovery as “very encouraging” DrillOrDrop report

19 February 2015

Investigation underway into breaches at West Newton-A drill site. DrillOrDrop report

November 2014

Well testing completed at West Newton-A

12 August 2014

Opponents report that Rathlin Energy carried out a mini-frack. Link

July 2014

First well test at West Newton-A

September 2013

Drilling completed of well at West Newton-A

March 2013

Site construction began at West Newton-A

17 January 2013

Original planning permission for West Newton-A granted for 36 months

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