East Dorset Friends of the Earth has slamed plans for the Studland oil well.
Co-odinator of EDFoE Angela Pooley says it could be “devastating” to the Dorset coast.
Just two years after the proposal of notorious NavitusBay wind farm, Dorset faces yet another environmental threat with the plans for an Oil drill just off the Studland coast.
In 2015, oil company Navitus Bay Development LTD planned an operation for a Wind Park just off the Jurassic Coast. Nine miles away from Swanage. The government refused proposals after concerns with endangering levels of tourism.
Many MPs and campaign groups fought against the 121 turbines due to threaten their landscape. The huge response from the community triumphed, but will Studland be beaten?
“We don’t want it there full stop.”
Angela Pooley said: “The government rejected (wind farm) on the grounds that it would impact the Dorset coast but now it looks as though they are going to allow this exploratory drill.”
Studland would be an “eye-sore” but the risks it poses on the environment, especially the risk of blow-out “could be absolutely devastating to the Dorset coast.”
“Permanently plugged and abandoned.”
Corallian Energy, the oil firm behind Studland, have planned an exploratory oil well to be drilled six miles off the Studland coast. Due to be placed for 45 days in the new year. This will be slightly closer to the shore than Navitus and after completion will be “permanently plugged and abandoned.”
If successful oil will continue to be extracted
The vertical drill will lie in the ‘Colter Prospect,’ a site which proved successful for the gathering of oil in 1986. The legs will secure in the sea bed and extend to 91-121 metres above sea level. If successful oil will continue to be extracted, past the 45 days, horizontally via Wytch Farm.