Drilling for Isle of Wight oil a step closer, as UKOG prepare planning application

A planning application for oil exploration in Arreton and Godshill will be submitted to the Isle of Wight council early next year

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Plans to drill for fossil fuels on the Isle of Wight have moved a step closer — after UK Oil and Gas (UKOG) said it intended to submit applications for sites in Arreton and Godshill.

UKOG, which holds a petroleum exploration development licence, has carried out tests at the sites — one west of Arreton and the other south west of Godshill.

Previously drilled in the 1970s
The Arreton site was previously drilled in the 1970s by British Gas, but it was not deemed economically viable to develop the site as oil did not flow to the surface.

If planning permission is granted, it said an oil and gas well would be built at both sites.

UKOG: We are not fracking
A UKOG spokesperson said there would be no fracking and no pollution of the surrounding area. He also said the drilling would not cause earthquakes, after tremors were reported at another drilling site.

The spokesperson said:

“We are not fracking. Our well will involve drilling a small 6ins diameter hole, the size of a small domestic drainpipe, which will be lined with steel and impermeable concrete some three-quarters of a mile or more below the surface.”

Profit share with community
The company, which has previously clashed with Frack Free Isle of Wight over plans to drill on the Island, said it would share profits with the community if the projects were successful.

A spokesperson for the Isle of Wight Council said there was no blanket ban on drilling for fossil fuels and any planning application would be determined on its merits.

The spokesperson said:

“National planning policy supports a range of energy sources and, therefore, any scheme must be determined on its merits.

“The Isle of Wight does not have any policy guidance for oil extraction and, therefore, any decision will be based on national policy guidance contained within the National Planning Policy Framework.”


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Friday, 29th November, 2019 11:42am

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13 Comments on "Drilling for Isle of Wight oil a step closer, as UKOG prepare planning application"

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steephilljack

A Council spokesperson said ” National planning policy supports a range of energy sources and, therefore, any scheme must be determined on its merits.” Time we had offshore wind farms IMO

Benny C
The planning committee will consider this. So that Committee includes Councillor Churchman, the hapless member who voted for an application, rather than against it, only last week, BY MISTAKE. (Oops, silly me,). What an unsafe pair of hands she is, having also made herself look totally out of her depth on LBC radio recently , in front of hundreds of thousands of listeners, whilst apparently attempting some… Read more »
Steve Goodman

“Wind, Solar Are Now The Cheapest Sources Of Power Generation”

Link to follow

Officially, we now have an existential climate and environmental emergency, and the filthy fossil fuel part of the problem means that the oil should stay under the soil.

Steve Goodman

oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Wind-Solar-Are-Now-The-Cheapest-Sources-Of-Power-Generation.html

wightwalker

I find it surprising that quote “The Isle of Wight does not have any policy guidance for oil extraction and, therefore, any decision will be based on national policy guidance contained within the National Planning Policy Framework.” Whereas both Hampshire and Dorset both have policy guidelines included in their Minerals and Waste Plans

Benny C
Because Dinosaur Dave Stewart and his cabinet of curiosities are too limited in their outlook to have thought of this even though they could have checked with their neighbours. Doh. Next they’ll be saying they were smart to allow a window of opportunity for a few jobs or some other lame excuse. The truth is they aren’t thinking strategically and they aren’t acting in our best interests… Read more »
madeline
Who on earth would support drilling for oil on the Isle of Wight when renewable energy alternatives are better and don’t harm our island or our planet. UK OIL & GAS says that it plans to ‘share profits’ with the island 🤣 An empty stupid promise. The island already imports water. Drilling for oil can easily pollute our water supplies. UKOG can NOT guarantee that drilling will… Read more »
Tamara
In response to the assertions made by UKOG, 1. We are not fracking, just drilling a hole – after the exploratory stage, they will have to force the oil out of the rock using horizontal drilling. They don’t call it fracking, but it has similar consequences. UKOG has been horizontal drilling for oil for several years, injecting acids that dissolve the rock. 2. There would be no… Read more »
hialtitude

I wonder which ferry company will be brave or stupid enough to transport their equipment chemicals and water? assuming it gets through planning.

Bearing in mind that both the Island’s and mainland ports are natural choke points and are therefore very vulnerable to protesters

Tamara

4. We would pay compensation to communities if we made a profit – forget about it! UKOG is incurring big losses. It survives by borrowing more and more money. It’s rather like the Gold Rush.

Angela Hewitt

Show your disapproval by voting for the one party that is opposed to the continued use of fossil fuels. It might not alter the results of the General Election but it will send a strong message – who knows it may miraculously alter the result if enough people care about the long term future. BY the way who votes for the inept councilors!!?

nyeve

For those of you who are more than just “keyboard warriors” (such as myself, sadly) there will be a public information event hosted by UKOG at Newclose County Cricket Ground on Monday 16th December from 1pm to 8pm. This is the company that conducted the Horse Hill exploration in Surrey, by the way, which some campaigners opposed.

nyeve

UKOG operation at Horse Hill, Surrey, 2018:
https://www.ukogplc.com/page.php?pID=126