Third Energy Order dated January 2019

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Dear Oil and Gas Authority,

Please treat this email as a request for information under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, alternatively the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

In a Drill or Drop article published on 13 October 2020 the Managing Director for Third Energy, Russell Hoare disclosed that his Company received in January 2019 an Order to plug and abandon all Third Energy’s wells in the region. I assume ‘region’ refers to Third Energy’s North Yorkshire gas field.

This Order has to be of significant public interest and I request you provide me with a copy of the January 2019 Order.

Further, the January 2019 Order may have implications with regards to planning conditions attached to the various planning permissions for Third Energy’s wells and I request the date and a copy of the email or letter to the local minerals planning authority, North Yorkshire County Council advising them of your Order for Third Energy to plug and abandon its wells by January 2021.

Similarly, plugging and abandoning so many wells in the region at such short notice poses a significant environmental risk and I request you advise me of the date you advised the Environment Agency of your Order and supply me with a copy of the email or letter to the Environment Agency advising them of your Order for Third Energy to plug and abandon all its wells in the region.

Yours faithfully,

Benjamin Dean

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