Arreton & Godshill, Isle of Wight

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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. Stephen Sanderson, CEO of UK Oil and Gas plc (UKOG), has talked up the prospects, saying that Arreton has “127 million barrels of oil in place, that’s four times the oil in place of Horse Hill, so we’re potentially looking at four times the recoverable volume” (watch the interview where he says this).

UPDATE. March 23rd 2020

UKOG has submitted a planning application for Arreton Exploration and Appraisal wells to the Planning Officers of Isle of Wight Council for review subject to future validation. FFIOW see this as an opporunity for UKOG to submit an application at a time of national lockdown and enforced isolation due to the Covid-19 crisis in order to limit public opposition and make it difficult for a full planning committee to meet, debate and discuss the outcome of the application. Read the letter at this Link

In January 2019, announced that it expected to submit a planning application in the first quarter of 2019 for a test pilot hole and horizontal wellbore at Arreton. In August they secured more time to drill, extending their initial licence phase until July 2023,  although no site lcation was revealed.

In December 2019 UKOG announced the locations of the Arreton Site and a new second site south of Godshill.  A Community Liaison Meeting was held on the Island on December 16th 2019.

UKOG have told investors they intended to submit their planning application for the Arreton Site to the Isle of Wight Council during 2020. To date, no application has been submitted,  but a Pre EIA Screening Report has been filed with Planning Oficers.

More than 1,330 people have signed a petition to the Isle of Wight Council asking them not to let UKOG drill for oil at Arreton.

Frack Free Isle of Wight  is 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.  It 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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