New fracking site: fracking on the sly near Hull

Rathlin Energy, who has previously appeared to be just exploring for conventional oil and gas, is trying to sneak through plans to begin fracking at 2 sites 10 miles from Hull, East Yorkshire. Two supposedly conventional wells were drilled last summer which also go deeper than their conventional targets, to core sample the Bowland Shale.

Now Rathlin want to return to the wells to do more testing and is applying for Environment Agency permits (Mining Waste Operations and Radioactive Substances Activity) that would allow it to conduct two ‘mini-fracs’, producing 100,000 gallons of radioactive waste and flaring 5 million cubic feet of gas per day.

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