Arreton & Godshill, Isle of Wight

PEDL 331

Operator: UK Oil and Gas plc (UKOG) (Licence held with Doriemus Plc)

200 square kilometres of the Isle of Wight are licensed for oil extraction.

UKOG applied for planning permission to drill and test vertical and sidetrack oil wells on farmland between Newport and Sandown. The scheme included a new access road and junction with the cross-island A3056 road.

The company previously estimated there were 227 million barrels of oil beneath the Arreton area and that the site could produce 500 barrels a day.

On 19 October 2021, Councillors voted unanimously to reject the scheme, against the advice of planning officers.

They said the proposal had no local economic benefits and would damage the Isle of Wight’s high-quality natural environment, which was vital to the tourist industry.

This was a great result after years of dedicated campaigning by Don’t Drill the Wight, a non- party political group of like-minded individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds, professions and political affiliations, who are opposed to the development of new onshore exploration and extraction sites for oil and gas.  The group is committed to raising awareness of the local  issues surrounding the drilling for oil on the Island,  all forms of fossil fuel exploitation methods and their potential impact on the Isle of Wight, nationally and globally.

 

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