Rathlin Energy (UK) have released a statement in response to the planed Anti-Fracking Protest that is to be held in Beverley next Saturday expressing their concerns over their business being linked to Fracking.
A spokesman for Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited, said:
“We celebrate the fact that we live in a free society where people can legitimately, lawfully and peacefully protest. We understand that some ‘East Yorkshire’ residents want to raise concerns about the hydraulic fracturing process, (more commonly known as fracking) and that they intend to march through the streets of Beverley on Saturday 5th July 2014 as a way of airing their concerns.
- Rathlin is a company that explores, develops and produces from well sites
- Rathlin is exploring with the hope of finding commercial quantities of conventional gas
- Rathlin has all of the relevant planning permissions and environmental permits in place to carry out the current exploratory phase
- If Rathlin discovers commercial quantities of oil or gas, it will make the necessary applications to develop and produce to the relevant authorities
- Rathlin will continue to operate safely and in an environmentally responsible manner in every facet of its work
- Rathlin has communicated widely and will continue to do so
- Hydraulic fracturing does not form part of all oil and gas exploration activities
- Rathlin is not hydraulically fracturing these wells
- Rathlin has never had any intention of hydraulically fracturing these wells
- Rathlin does not plan to hydraulically fracture the wells in the future
Since Rathlin arrived in the East Riding of Yorkshire three years ago it has: held four large public consultation events; arranged 25 local community liaison committee meetings; launched an open and transparent website; responded to every single media enquiry received; and has circulated around 40,000 newsletters.
Additionally, local representatives for the community liaison groups have circulated their notes and interpretations from the community liaison meetings to their fellow constituents.
The company has also met with local representatives from Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and HEY Frack-off.
The spokesman continued:
“The protestors appear to be planning to march through Beverley as a protest against Rathlin’s work, however, Rathlin is not doing the things that the protestors are campaigning against. It seems unfair, therefore, that something of this nature should be associated with Rathlin’s name. Hopefully, residents from East Yorkshire will choose to actively communicate these facts as part of their awareness raising campaign.”
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