East Lindsey

Quirky photos to protest against oil rig

Quirky photos of ‘woodland animals’ at a Lincolnshire chalk stream are being used by a campaigner who is against oil drilling operations set to take place over the coming months.

As previously reported, campaigners have been out on force about a decision to allow for further oil drilling in Lincolnshire.

County councillors gave the green light for two plans to extend drilling in North Kelsey and Biscathorpe near Louth.

Local residents and FrackFree Lincolnshire protesters outside Lincolnshire County Council ahead of the planning meeting on Biscathorpe and North Kelsey sites.

Jane Air has been researching the issues surrounding the oil rig at Biscathorpe, which is nestled in the Lincolnshire Wolds, and she believes the area is “the heart of an area of outstanding natural beauty” and is unhappy with the situation.

She decided to voice her argument that the work puts natural beauty at risk by creating a series of images with, somewhat haunting, animal masks.

Egdon Resources submitted plans to extend the time it spends drilling for oil in both Biscathorpe near Louth and North Kelsey after blaming the lack of work on the sites on low oil prices.

Meet the locals down at the chalk stream. Photo: Luke Belecco

Photo: Luke Belecco

The time allocated for sites on High Street, Biscathorpe, and Smithfield Road will now be extended by three years.

Edgdon Resources aim to commence completion of the site construction at Biscathorpe during late September 2018 and drilling operations in October/November 2018.

Photo: Luke Belecco

Photo: Luke Belecco

Jane said: “Despite this declaration Egdon Resources are involved in the fracking industry. To my knowledge there has been no fracking in Lincolnshire so far and I for one hope that this remains to be the case for the future of Lincolnshire.

“I believe the issues currently at stake are whether or not an oil rig should be allowed to set up in an area of outstanding natural beauty and the measure and nature of the risk that it might pose to the rare chalk stream that runs across it, where the cattle drink from, and where the native white-clawed crayfish are currently making a successful return.”