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Read our updated press release sent to media outlets today. Mon 23rd March
Please email your Ward Councillor to ask for their support to encourage the full council to defer any decisions on major industrial applications of this kind until the current COVID-19 crisis is over
PRE- PLANNING ARTICLE 13 NOTICES HAVE BEEN POSTED FOR THE ARRETON SITE BY UKOG IN THE COUNTY PRESS 20th March AND AT THE SITE IN ARRETON
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PLANNING APPLICATION HAS NOT YET BEEN VALIDATED AND SUBMITTED TO THE PLANNING COMMITTEE.... BUT THIS MAY BE IMMINENT!
We are in contact with planning officers who are working remotely due to the COVID 19 shutdown and will be updating you on how this will all be handled in the coming weeks.
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THIS CAN SUPPORT OUR FUTURE STANCE IN OPPOSING DRILLING ON THE ISLAND. PLEASE READ THE POST ABOVE
Sarah is a member of The Weald Action Group to whom we are affiliated. If she can win this judicial review it will mean that planning authorities will be able to include the calculated CO2 Emissions from future burning of all extracted oil from all sites in their deliberations for planning applications - AS THIS CONTRADICTS GOVERNMENT POLICY TO REDUCE EMISSIONS BY 205O.
Thank you to all who attended our Community Meeting at Arreton Community Hall on Sunday.
Over 50 people attended the meeting during the day and shared their concerns and thoughts about UKOG's plans to drill at Arreton and Godshill. They left with enough information to prepare for reporting their concerns to relevant officials and local parish councillors.
Watch this space for details of where and when this meeting will be brought to a venue near you !
Environmental Impact Assessment Screening Report for Arreton, created for UKOG by Zetland. This document is copyrighted and may not be changed for republishing in any format. It gives much more detail about drilling and mitigation of impacts planned.
PLEASE SIGN.... Brockham Oil Watch Letter to Government Ministers to also ban extreme methods of unconventional oil extraction and share widely to everyone who supports the drive to prevent this happening across the UK.
Read this Article "UK government’s fracking ‘ban’ has a convenient loophole" from Peter Styles, Professor Emeritus in Geophysics, Keele University. Professor Styles is frequently called to advise the government and he was instrumental in creating the Traffic Light System for managing of induced seismicity:
Campaigners Challenging UKOG’s Oil Expansion Plans at Horse Hill Need Our Help!
Frack Free Isle of Wight and campaign groups across Surrey and Sussex believe these plans, approved by Surrey County Council, failed to consider important evidence on issues including climate change, earthquake risk and impact on the Green Belt.
Sarah Finch, from Weald Action Group and Frack Free Surrey, has secured an expert team of leading environmental lawyers, to fight this via a Judicial Review. You can help them and Our Island for the future by donating to their fundraiser to challenge this decision.
Despite working for a fraction of their usual fees, fighting through the courts is not cheap and they need to raise £25,000
The success of this judicial review could help set a precedent for decision making on future planning for UKOG well sites here at Arreton.
Please donate today and share widely! Every £1 counts
Your donation will only be processed if they reach their target.
THANK YOU SO MUCH
BREAKING NEWS. Permitted Development for exploratory wells and inclusion of exploration as part of the National Significant Infrastructure Project strategy is now off the table!
We are delighted that this moratorium has been put into place and look forward to seeing the results of further investigation into the myriad impacts of fracking activity.
Whilst the government announcement that it is withdrawing support for fracking isn't bad news, a word of caution. Be aware that a moratorium is not a ban. A hugely important distinction to make in light of all the headlines.
The Government release states "..the OGA believes that further detailed geomechanical analysis would be needed before we could evaluate with confidence whether hydraulic fracturing could resume in the Fylde, or elsewhere, consistent with the government’s policy aims."
However we now await the further investigation of the consequences of other froms of unconventional exploration,such as those at Horse Hill, which remain linked to the Newdigate swarm of earthquakes.
Given the call for an early general election, delays in decision making over the future of Fracking and other forms of fossil fuel extraction are inevitable.
We will continue to fight for other unconventional methods of oil extraction, which we believe will be planned for the Isle of Wight, to be included in such a moratorium.
200 square kms of the Isle of Wight are licensed for oil extraction.
We anticipate planning applications to be made by UK Oil and Gas Ltd to the Isle of Wight Council during 2019/2020 beginning with Arreton.
In the INVESTOR Video below CEO of UKOG Stephen Sanderson, speaks of the need for industrialisation, stimulation and multiple horizontal wells in multiple well sites to access the oil in Horse Hill.
PRESUMABLY THEREFORE THE SAME FOR ARRETON PROSPECTS
This Tweet appeared after UKOG met with IWC cabinet members and the local ward member and began negotiations with a landowner.
This Google Image shows the position of the photograph in the Tweet in Arreton and a possible location for a well site named either
Arreton Main or Arreton North or Arreton 3
March 15th 2019
This is from latest UKOG end of year company summary
Late spring 2019: Apply for planning permission to drill and test exploration well, to be called Arreton-3
Early 2020: Drill and test Arreton-3 in Portland and Kimmeridge (strata)
Date not given: If Arreton-3 is successful, drill and carry out long-term test of horizontal sidetrack, Arreton-3z
Date not given: If Arreton-3 is encouraging, drill, core, test vertical pilot well in Arreton South prospect
Date not given: If Arreton South pilot well is encouraging, drill and test horizontal sidetrack
UKOG held a briefing meeting with Arreton Parish Council.
Click on the link above for the minutes of the meeting
UKOG announces Third Prospect "Arreton East" and extends licence by 2 years. Drill or Drop Report
Locations are - to date- still unconfirmed but below is a map indicating the extent of the oil prospects. CLICK FOR LARGER VIEW