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Four charged after arrests at

Rathlin’s West Newton site

     
       
   

THREE women and a man have been charged in connection with offences on Piper’s Lane near Skirlaugh earlier this week during a protest on Monday, April 8.

It came after Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited started mobilisation of the main drilling rig to the West Newton A site on Fosham Road to drill the West Newton A-2 well.

40-year-old Katrina Lawrie of Moss House Lane, Preston, Lancashire has been charged with assaulting an emergency worker. She has been conditionally bailed to appear at Hull Magistrates Court next month.

40-year-old Leilah Botham of Compass Close, Oxford has been charged with a road traffic offence, obstructing a constable in execution of their duty and obstructing a highway. She has been conditionally bailed to appear at Beverley Magistrates Court later this month.

43-year-old Richard Haworth of Inglemire Avenue, Hull has been charged with obstructing a highway. He has been conditionally bailed to appear at Hull Magistrates Court next month.

41-year-old Phillipa Hockey of Ferguson Road, Walkington has been charged with obstructing a constable in execution of their duty. She appeared at Hull Magistrates Court on Wednesday, April 10.

A spokesperson for Humberside Police said on Wednesday, April 10: “Police officers are in the Piper’s Lane area again today to ensure the safety of everyone nearby and to enable people to go about their lawful business whilst also protecting the right of individuals to take part in peaceful protest. We are continuing to work closely with East Riding of Yorkshire Council to liaise with representatives from all sides to address any concerns.

“We remain committed to fulfilling our duty to protect the human rights of all groups and individuals with an interest in this situation.”

A spokesperson for Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited said: “This phase of operations will involve a typical oil and gas well drilling rig, 35 metres in height and associated equipment.

“The borehole will be drilled, cased and cemented to a depth of approximately 2,000 metres to evaluate two conventional reservoir formations in the Permian section. Previous data gathered during the drilling of the West Newton A-1 well indicate the potential for gas and oil in these reservoir formations.”

The site will be manned at all times by security and drilling personnel. Once the main drilling operation begins, it is expected to take approximately eight weeks during which time the site will be active for 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

“On completion of the main borehole drilling, the well will either be suspended pending further testing or plugged and abandoned if unsuccessful,” the Rathlin Energy (UK) spokesperson said. “The West Newton Community Liaison group, which consists of Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited personnel and representatives from the local community, meet to discuss the company’s operations and any concerns. Notes from these meetings are published on our website in the Yorkshire section.”

 
         
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