The tenth Crawberry Hill community liaison committee was held at Bishop Burton Village Hall on 21 March 2013. Community representatives met with Rathlin Energy UK, to hear the latest update.

Since the last reported meeting the 16m drill has completed its drilling through the chalk layer down to 203m depth. The borehole has been steel cased and cemented back to surface at 100m and again at 203m giving two layers to protect the aquifer. The rig has now left site and the site is being readied for the arrival of the larger 49m drilling rig. This larger rig will be used to continue drilling the well down to its final depth of 2,700m. It will first bore to 1100m when it will again be cased and sealed back to surface, thereby creating a third casing.

The large rig is expected to start to arrive on 5 April. It will arrive piecemeal on the back of 90 trucks over 6 days. NO loads are to pass through the villages. Work during this phase will be during the day only. Once constructed drilling is expected to take a minimum of 42days and will operate 24/7, 7 days a week.

Noise -It is understood that acoustically the larger rig being used will be slightly noisier than the smaller one (106db c.f 103db). Results from the monitoring of the first rig show it was within required parameters and expectations are the larger rig will also be. Monitoring will recommence once the new rig is on site.

Water quality - a third set of samples have been taken. This is the first set since drilling began. The results are very similar to the previous ones. No significant changes.

Air monitoring -Air monitoring stations have been set up around the site to detect if there is any air pollution. An independent company has been contracted to do this. They will both collect and analyse the data. As part of working practices Rathlin will also real-time monitor for a wide variety of gases.

Lighting - it had been noted that one of the floodlights was shining brightly down the road in the direction of North Newbald. This has now been rectified. It should be noted however that there will be flood lighting to enable safe working. Lights whilst positioned downwards will be a significant height in the air and thus will be able to be seen from a distance.

During the entire period site security remains in place 24/7.


N.B. There should be no lorries working for Rathlin going through the villages. They are keen to know if anyone sees anything they are unhappy with so that it can be resolved. They have urged all of us to contact your community representatives should you have any concerns at all. They can, if required, immediately access the key Rathlin personnel. Further information can be found on the company website at: www.rathlin-energy.co.uk. Fuller notes from all the meetings can be found in the ‘Yorkshire' section.


Bishop Burton Community Representatives - David Oxtoby 07889730753; Margaret Hebb (01964)55131


Margaret Hebb 22/3/13

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