Safety

As a responsible company, ensuring all our activities are managed safely, and protecting the health and safety of our workforce and wider community is integral to everything we do. 

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This is achieved through a combination of inter-dependent factors: from the commitment of senior management and behaviour of each individual working in the business, to the design, operation and maintenance of facilities and the regulatory environment.

Leadership and commitment from senior management is essential for the successful implementation of the Health, Safety & Environment Management System. HSE awareness is actively communicated and encouraged throughout the organisation at all levels of management and operational staff.

Third Energy has been drilling, developing and producing gas in North Yorkshire for over 20 years with an excellent safety record and we are compliant with national and international health and safety regulations.

For the past two decades, we have operated onshore without any significant incidents in our areas of operation.

 

Response to report on Third Energy safety published on the Frack Free Ryedale website

Third Energy completely refutes the assertion made by  Frack Free North Yorkshire / Frack Free Ryedale that the company has anything other than an excellent safety record 

Their paper provides no evidence of any significant safety incidents

Third Energy invites the authors to visit the company’s Yorkshire operations for a full briefing on the company’s health and safety systems including incident reporting

Third Energy have prepared a detailed response to the document on the company’s safety record written by Chris Redston and Russell Scott, of Frack Free Ryedale and Frack Free North Yorkshire respectively.    

Read response here

 

Environment

Third Energy aims to minimise any adverse impacts on the environment. It is important to us to maintain our excellent, 20 year record of our operations having a minimal environmental impact.

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This is achieved through a combination of inter-dependent factors: from the commitment of the senior management and responsible behaviour of each individual working at our site, to the business to design and maintenance of facilities to the regulatory environment.

Identifying potential risks and impacts to the environment at the start of a project is fundamental to ensuring that they are reduced to a minimum.

Whether or not a formal Environmental Risk Assessment (ERA) is required, consideration of the environment is an integral part of planning operations. We will always use our knowledge and that of third party experts to assess the potential impact and identify optimum mitigation measures. This could cover:

  • Ecology

  • Landscape and Visual Amenity

  • Air Quality

  • Noise

  • Transport and Traffic

  • Flood Risk, Hydrology and Drainage

  • Archaeology and Cultural Heritage

  • Ground Conditions

  • Economic impact

Consultation & Planning

Third Energy is committed to being a good neighbour. We seek to minimise any local impact or disruption from our activities – whether during temporary construction and drilling activity or ongoing operations.

We recognise that any new development could have some impact on the local area. Our intention is to involve the local community in developing and shaping our plans.

As the local community is our most important stakeholder, we believe in communicating and consulting with local organisations and individuals regularly and informally.

There are also times when we will hold formal Public Consultations as part of the regulatory process. Documents relating to these consultations can be found here.

Consulting and meeting with the public is important to us, and we conduct this through announcements, leaflets, letters and open information days at local venues.

Consultation for a Hydraulic Fracturing Project

By Third Energy

  • First consultation - the pre-application consultation for the DECC ERA

  • Stakeholders will be consulted as part of the full Environmental Impact Assessment process

  • Formal and informal Public Consultation events prior to submitting planning application to the North Yorkshire County Council (the MPA)

  • Informal consultation and communication throughout the permitting and operational stages of the project

By Regulatory Authorities

  • The Environment Agency will carry out public consultation for the issue of environmental permits

  • North Yorkshire County Council – the Minerals Planning Authority - advertises and consults on individual planning applications

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