A message for those friends and members of Beverley and Holderness Labour Party:


Here is how:

Leaving Sproatley on the B1238 you will come to a sharp bend in the road. Positioned exactly on that bend (!) on the left, is a newly built road, crossing the fields. It leads to the site at which drilling for oil and gas will soon begin.


Equipment has gone in. Huge tankers have come and gone (with no apparent attempts to halt the fast-moving traffic that uses the road). Heavy lorries have trundled through the previously quiet villages.


At West Newton A (WNA), the drilling site has closed for the time being. The site described above is designated WNB and drilling will start when all equipment has been assembled – probably soon. Below, you will see that four (4) drilling sites could be operating in total, with the ERYC’s indication that planning permission will be granted.

NEWS ALERT: On September 2nd, 2020, Andy Wainwright, (ERYC’s Strategic Development Services Manager) made clear in a letter to the Zetland Group (of which Rathlin Energy is part) that Rathlin would not need ‘environmental impact assessments’ to accompany applications for planning permission for two additional wells.

IF WE ARE CONCERNED about the losses to be suffered as a consequence of Onshore Oil and Gas exploration, we can help to stop it.

** A protectors’ camp has been set up.  Those keeping an eye on Rathlin’s activities are largely people not local to the East Riding, but who recognise what this county could quickly become.  They welcome our interest in the camp. Facebook will give you directions – “West Newton Gateway to the Gas Fields” You will be received royally


**. On Wednesdays between 1pm and 2pm at the gates to WNB near the sharp bend, but at a safer spot, you will find a show of placards held by people you may know – Labour Party and Green Party members, currently. The numbers are few and a greater impact is needed.  Already, cars have stopped to ask what is going on behind the gates.  Please go, if you have the time.

Protestors at the well sites
Protestors at the well sites

FINALLY.   A young woman who is staying at the protection camp told me she liked the Holderness area, especially for its ‘big skies’.  It is quietly beautiful where the camp is positioned.

The panoramic view of fields and farms is about to change.  Soon there will very likely be a possible four well sites, which will lead to many more, destroying our health, our safety and our countryside.

More details of WNC and WND here:

  • Rathlin is seeking permission for two wells at each site
  • Drilling rigs up to 50m high would be used on the wells
  • Drilling the main wellbore of each well is estimated at 12 weeks
  • Site construction and mobilisation of drilling and testing equipment is likely to generate up to 10 two-way movements of heavy goods vehicles
  • Testing is estimated to take up to 30 weeks
  • Acidisation – the pumping of dilute acid into the wellbore – would be used at both sites
  • The proposed sites would target the Kirkham Abbey and Cadeby formations

Wendy Cross, Beverley and Holderness Labour Party [September 3rd, 2020]

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