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. May 15th 2020
The planning application documents for Arreton 3 drill site are now on the Isle of Wight planning website for public review. but are not yet with the planning committee because of Covid 19 restrictions.
This application is for exploration and a horizontal appraisal well in the Portland Strata which contains 3.7 million barrels of the 55 million barrels which are allegedly under Arreton and economically recoverable.
Here is the article link from Ruth at Drill or Drop. https://drillordrop.com/2020/05/14/ukog-plans-published-for-oil-site-on-the-isle-of-wight/
We are spreading the word to our communites and members of the wider public to help them understand the implications of this possible activity and our concerns regarding the difficulties in ensuring that planning legislation process is not changed, overturned or fast tracked by the government whilst the lockdown continues.
Below is an extract of the email I received from the planning officers.
” Following our standard checks, the planning application is valid and therefore, the documents will be placed on our Public Access website over the next week. The reference number will be 20/00513/FUL. As you know, due to the current lockdown, we are currently not carrying out public consultations for developments that are classed as major or that contain an Environmental Statement (ES).
This application is both. As a result, planning legislation requires a site notice to be posted and for hard copies of the ES to be viewable at the Planning Office. Our opinion is that the necessary public consultations could not be carried out in accordance with the legislation because members of the public would not be able see site notices, or attend the Planning Office to view the ES. Therefore, we will be consulting with statutory consultees, but delaying the 5 week public consultation until planning legislation is changed, or the lockdown is eased. However, the application and all associated documents will be visible to all on our website.”
Please can you post this widely and encourage your communities to view our three online presentations about the project and UKOG as a company available from our website home page, and to subscribe for free to our website www.frackfreeisleofwight.org. to receive updates and information directly as things progress.
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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