'Crawberry Hill'

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Frack Off report that protestors have set up camp at the Rathlin Energy well site near Beverley.  http://frack-off.org.uk/crawberryhill-day-1/

ITN report:  "Protesters opposed to fracking have set up camp close to a site in East Yorkshire which they say could be a location where the controversial shale gas extraction technique is used in the future.

'Hull and East Yorkshire Frack Off' say fracking could harm the water course and want assurances that it will not be allowed to take place.  Several tents have been put up at the side of the road at Walkington Heads just outside the village of Walkington close to the Crawberry Hill wellsite. The campaigners say they hope more people will join them."  http://www.itv.com/news/calendar/update/2014-05-12/fracking-protestors-s...

"We're not sneaky frackers"

A spokesperson for Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited, said: “Following a number of media reports about our recent environment agency permit applications over the last weekend, we want to make our position absolutely clear. We are not fracking or testing for shale gas. Our Environment Agency permit applications are clear on this. They provide for a well testing programme focused on evaluating the commercial oil and natural gas potential of two conventional reservoirs, not shale gas and no fracking is involved.”  http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/sneaky-frackers-Rathlin-Energy-insists-Ea... So what was this then? https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/portal/npsapp/rathlinenergy/ra...

Courtesy of Kenstaff on LSE ... thanx ;-) 

Rathlins current mini frac looks interesting...
Some recently asked questions and answers about our EA Application:

1. How big and where is Rathlin’s acreage, is it wholly owned/who are the partners?
In the summer of 2008, DECC awarded Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited [Rathlin] a licence (PEDL 183) to search for oil and natural gas north of the Humber from west of Beverley to the North Sea in the east. The licence area is 241,000 acres. Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited is wholly owned by Connaught Oil and Gas Limited, a private Canadian company.  Rathlin holds a 100% working interest in the licence and has no partners.

2. What is Rathlin targeting with its proposed testing programme?
We are targeting the oil and natural gas potential in conventional carbonate and sandstone reservoir formations.

3. Does Rathlin have any resource estimates of oil or gas in place in a) conventional and b) shale formations in its acreage?
No, the company is at a very early stage in the exploration effort.

4. Why is Rathlin proposing to carry out flow tests?
To acquire important data to determine if the conventional reservoir formations have the potential for commercial development.

5. Why is Rathlin proposing to carry out the mini fall off test?
To acquire important engineering data: a) formation pressure, b) permeability and c) fracture gradient – this data will help determine gas in place within the formation. It is key to understand the entire hydrocarbon system within the basin, including reservoir, source and sealing rocks and the potential volume of hydrocarbons present.

6. Did Rathlin drill through the Bowland shale at Crawberry Hill and West Newton?
Yes, the company had approval to drill through the Bowland Shale to the Dinantian Limestone, a conventional reservoir target. In 2013, Rathlin drilled and cased these two wells.

7. At what depths are the Bowland shale formations relative to the conventional plays?
The Bowland shale and equivalent age formations exist at depths of 2,500 metres or greater in our licence area. This is deeper than the conventional reservoir targets that Rathlin is proposing to test.

8. Has Rathlin conducted any tests on shale rock samples from these sites and does it believe they may be prospective for oil or gas?
Rock sample cuttings were recovered at surface while drilling and cores were cut in various formations including the Bowland shale.

FrackOff's summary:  


  • Rathlin Energy have licence in East Yorkshire
  • Openly exploring for conventional oil and gas
  • Sneakily drilled 2 wells through Bowland Shale
  • Now planning small test fracks on shale layer
  • Producing 100,000 gallons of radioactive waste
  • No information on where this would be dumped
  • Would flare 5 million cubic feet of gas per day
  • Producing toxic and carcinogenic air pollutants
  • Aims to gather data for full hydraulic fracturing
  • Could mean up to 3,000 wells in the licence
  • Application for similar well in Northern Ireland


Further reading:

The Unconventional Hydrocarbon Resources of the UK - https://www.og.decc.gov.uk/UKpromote/onshore_paper/UK_onshore_shalegas.pdf

US Studies - 2011 MIT Study on the Future of Natural Gas, gives and estimate of about 50 widley reported incidents between 2005 and 2009 involving groundwater contamination, surfcae spiils, off-site disposal issues, water issues, air quality and blow outs ...  http://mitei.mit.edu/publications/reports-studies

The Goverments response to the DECC report:  http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201012/cmselect/cmenergy/1449...

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVra5cOVfL0;-)) nah Elvis rocks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sy16VUmzj-g

thanx re Natural England :  http://tompride.wordpress.com/2014/05/18/heres-the-real-reason-the-torie...



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The Bullet Lies ...

Fracking protests in Yorkshire gather momentum, as the Hull News reports on Saturday's anti-fracking protest march on Beverley  ""It was the biggest anti-fracking march Yorkshire has seen so far and we hope to build on the momentum."

might pop in to see how deep the bullets lie ;-)
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Crawberry Hill - as close as it gets?

'A police spokesman said: "Our officers are currently assisting bailiffs and protesters in a bid to facilitate a peaceful protest while the site is being cleared at Crawberry Hill as per the High Court Injunction which was granted on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.'