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 4/4/2022

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. New application 21/02464/STFUL is for six new wells, production and site expansion refused 30 September 2021. Revised application for four wells, production and expansion approved 

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


27 March 2021

Councillor asks minister to review West Newton-A production plans. Details

17 March 2022

Breaking: 20 years of oil production approved. Details  Campaigners week review of decision. Details

14 December 2022

Councillors hear arguments over West Newton-A production again. Details

9 March 2022

Planners back Rathlin Energy’s West Newton oil plans. Details

8 March 2022

Questions over Rathlin Energy’s oil and gas production plans at West Newton. Details

17 January 2022

West Newton modelling predicts single gas well could top many North Sea fields. Details

6 January 2022

Revised production plans published for West Newton-A oil and gas site – what’s different. Details

30 December 2021

Rathlin posts notice of revised application for West Newton-A production. Details

3 December 2021

More details revealed of Rathlin Energy’s scaled-back expansion plans at West Newton-A oil and gas site in East Yorkshire. Details

1 December 2021

Enforcement at Rathlin Energy oil site not “proportionate or sustainable” despite planning breach, says council. Details

26 November 2021

Rathlin Energy to revise major production plans for West Newton well site. Details

25 November 2021

Rathlin Energy seeks environmental consent for West Newton oil production  despite planning refusal. Details

30 September 2021

Breaking: councillors reject expansion plans for West Newton-A. Details

Campaigners celebrate refusal of planning permission. Details

29 September 2021

Former council executive accuses East Yorkshire of failing to disclose key information on oil site expansion. Details

27 September 2021

Councillors hear key arguments over West Newton expansion. Details

22 September 2021

East Yorkshire planners back major West Newton oil site expansion despite 1,000+ objections. Details

15 September 2021

Rathlin Energy and East Riding of Yorkshire Council refuse to disclose initial expansion plans for West Newton A and B sites. Details

7 September 2021

Fossil Free East Yorkshire urge councillors to refuse “fundamentally flawed” expansion plans for West Newton-A. Details

19 August 2021

Councils’ joint fight against Rathlin Energy expansion and production plan. Details

16 August 2021

Councillors ask Rathlin Energy for community fund from West Newton-A. Details

13 July 2021

East Yorkshire oil production plan is “utter madness”, say opponents of West Newton-A scheme. Details

Application details published. DrillOrDrop report

21 June 2021

Rathlin posts notice of application for long-term production and site expansion at West Newton-A. Details

5 June 2021

Rathlin pledges to cut daily tankers numbers in production plan for West Newton-A. Details

20 May 2021

More delay on ministerial ruling on environmental impact assessment for West Newton A expansion plans. Details

EA defends permit changes at West Newton-A. Details

18 May 2021

Call for suspension of permit changes at West Newton-A. Details

8 April 2021

East Riding of Yorkshire Council agrees to further road closure order for 18 months. Details

22 March 2021

Rathlin Energy criticised over online consultation of West Newton-A expansion plans. Details

1 March 2021

Local government secretary asked to rule on whether West Newton-A expansion and production plans need an environmental impact assessment Details

12 February 2021

East Riding of Yorkshire Council urged to rethink on ruling on West Newton-A drilling and production plans. Details

26 January 2021

West Newton-A expansion: Report discloses plans for 90 weeks of drilling. Details

22 January 2021

Rathlin Energy reveals plans for six new wells at West Newton A and an application for 20 years of production at the site. Details

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

27 June 2013

West Newton-A well spudded

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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