Rathlin Energy has been given the go ahead to drill for oil reserves in Walkington and Bishop Burton, East Yorkshire. East Riding of Yorkshire Council has approved their plans to sink a one-and-a-half mile deep borehole into the ground between the two towns, which will involve all-day drilling for five weeks.
This first phase is for exploratory purposes to see if viable reserves exist underground. "Exploration ventures like this are an absolutely necessary first stage to establish what is under the ground", said David Montagu-Smith, Chairman of Rathlin Energy UK. According to a council report, Rathlin Energy will suspend the operation and submit a further planning application for the production of the fuel if commercial quantities of petroleum are found.
The company has explained that they have no plans to use the fracking method which was linked to two minor earthquakes in Blackpool last year.
Story sourced from BBC News
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