West Newton Community Fracking Blockade (Yorkshire)

Rathlin Energy is trying to frack a shale gas exploration well at their site at West Newton near Aldbrough in East Yorkshire. The well was drilled last summer under the guise of being purely conventional, but also penetrated the Bowland Shale to take core samples. Rathlin have now returned to continue testing the well, including a mini-frac on the Bowland Shale to test whether it is possible to hydraulically fracture the formation. A camp has been set up outside the site and the community is getting organised to resist Rathlin’s plans. See Fracking Yorkshire: Rathlin Energy’s Plans Revealed for more information about Rathlin’s planns in Yorkshire. The fracking site in fields south of Fosham Road between West Newton and Marton (see map below). For updates from the site see the Latest News feed.

There is now a group page for West Newton B.

Planning Applications

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Licensee Location Type Stage Activity Planning ID Submitted Decision Status Consultation
Rathlin EnergyWest Newton A Wellsite Land West Of High Fosham Cottage Fosham RoadShale (Drilled)ExplorationEmpty12/04193/STPLF03/10/201217/01/2013ExpiredClosed
Rathlin EnergyWest Newton A Wellsite Land West Of High Fosham Cottage Fosham RoadShale (Drilled)ExplorationEmpty15/03056/STVAR25/09/201521/12/2015GrantedClosed

Environmental Permits

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Licensee Location Type Stage Activity Permit ID Comments open Comments deadline Status Consultation
Rathlin EnergyWest Newton A Wellsite Land West Of High Fosham Cottage Fosham RoadShale (Drilled)ExplorationEmptyEPR/BB3001FT/A00104/02/201404/03/2014GrantedClosed
Rathlin EnergyWest Newton A Wellsite Land West Of High Fosham Cottage Fosham RoadShale (Drilled)ExplorationEmptyEPR/PB3030DJ/A00104/02/201404/03/2014GrantedClosed