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Second eviction outside East Yorkshire well site

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.

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‘Gold standard’ regulation of UK onshore oil and gas is a joke, says MEP

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.”

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CUADRILLA DECISION ON ROSEACRE WOOD

Cuadrilla have announced they will not appeal against the Secretary of State’s decision, made on 12th February, to refuse planning permission at Roseacre Wood. Amazing news. We have waited so long!

Our statement.
Roseacre Awareness Group are delighted to hear this news. We have been saying for years that the traffic issues, relating to the Roseacre Wood site are insurmountable, a fact recognised by LCC and two independent Planning Inspectors and ultimately by the Secretary ofState.
However, we should never have had to go through this stressful process. We have spent thousands of unpaid man hours, and tens of thousands of pounds, producing evidence to support our case which now all seems worthwhile but it has cost us much stress and anxiety.
At last we can breathe a sigh of relief and know that our community is safe and no longer under threat from this insidious industry. 
We would like to thank everyone for all their hard work and support including those at LCC, and all 7 town and parish councils, who worked with us. 
However, we are still very concerned about this government’s intention to push fracking on unwilling communities and we will do whatever we can to support other communities faced with this threat. 
We will continue to raise awareness and support our friends at Preston New Road and elsewhere.
Fracking is not wanted and not needed. It is neither safe or sustainable. There is no social license and communities will not be bought. 
We do not believe fracking for shale gas, a dirty carbon intensive fossil fuel industry, has any place in our energy mix. We must encourage and invest in renewable, green energy future for the sake of future generations.

Cuadrilla Press Release

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New questions as oil company rules out acid injection in Weald wells

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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