A camp established to monitor operations at an oil and gas exploration site in East Yorkshire has been evicted for a second time.
About 30 bailiffs working for East Riding of Yorkshire Council cleared structures and tents from the verge outside the Rathlin Energy site at West Newton. Eyewitnesses said more than 30 police officers supported the eviction.
UK oil and gas companies are regularly breaching regulation of their operations with little consequence, new research published today concludes.
“This report reveals what campaigners have been saying for a long time; that the claims about ‘gold standard regulations’ are a joke.
The report said the drilling of a sidetrack without planning permission at Brockham highlighted a lack of joined-up working between the regulators and the need for vigilance.
“Had it not been for a group of residents and a protection camp monitoring and reporting about activities on site, this serious breach might never have come to light.”
Did UKOG use matrix acidising?
The UKOG statement implies that matrix acidisation may have been used at Broadford Bridge. A coiled tubing unit was used at the site, which could indicate that the process was carried out. But a company review of the Broadford Bridge operation said “acidisation was not selectively administered to any specific limestone horizon”. Drill or Drop asked UKOG twice to clarify whether or not it carried out matrix acidising at Broadford Bridge. UKOG did not reply.
Did UKOG have permission to use matrix acidising?
UKOG said in its statement that the process that it referred to as matrix acidisation “was fully permitted and approved by the Environment Agency”. We asked the Environment Agency (EA), which is responsible for regulating the use of acid, whether UKOG had permission for matrix acidisation. It said:
“No such groundwater activity was applied for and was therefore not included within the environmental permit for the site.”
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The introduction of Team Ineos into the professional peloton at the Tour de Yorkshire is set to be greeted with protests by anti-fracking campaigners.
Anti-fracking group Free Frack United has confirmed that these protests will continue and says it will be present at the Tour de Yorkshire when Team Ineos is officially unveiled.
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Fracking has created a “real shadow across the landscape” for those communities affected by exploratory drilling, a Tory MP has warned.
Lee Rowley argued a law change was needed to limit the “ability for seismic activity to take place over and above what the regulations already say”.
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