12 December 2018
Members of Hull & East Riding Green Party bear witness to newly resumed operations at West Newton wellsite in Holderness, not too far from Hull and Beverley, and protest the increasingly extreme exploration for fossil fuels that must stay in the ground. Bearing the message, "Clean Fields Not Gas Fields" are candidates Richard Howarth (centre left) and Mike Jackson (centre right).
Rathlin Energy's West Newton wellsite is active again, as they prepare to drill a second well to explore for oil and gas, even as the climate breaks down around us.
Earlier this month at the COP24 Summit, David Attenborough said: "Right now, we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale. Our greatest threat in thousands of years. Climate change. If we don't take action, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon." (1)
If we are to avoid the worst impacts of climate change most of the fossil fuels that we know about must stay in the ground.(2) And yet companies like Rathlin Energy are encouraged to attempt to make profits by exploring for even more.
In protest, vehicles servicing the site via the single track lane are being held up on their way to the site.
Protests are daily, and more people are encouraged to attend – the more people protesting, the greater chance of preventing Holderness becoming a gas field, and the climate catastrophe it brings.
More information, including exact location and directions to the site are on the Frack Free East Yorkshire site here.
Hope to see you at the site soon!
2. “globally, a third of oil reserves, half of gas reserves and over 80 per cent of current coal reserves should remain unused … in order to meet the target of 2 °C” [of global warming]
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