Faith at the Gate is back on 4 October

The monthly Faith at the Gate gathering at the gates of the Horse Hill drill site will start again on 4 October, after a break in September.

Each month since December 2019, local people of faith, residents and campaign groups have gathered at Horse Hill to stand in solidarity with our Earth and all who defend her and pray for a swift end to extractivism.

During the COVID-19 lockdown measures, Faith at the Gate moved online. The October event will be a hybrid – with some people socially distancing at the gates and others joining via Zoom.

Those going in person will meet at the gates at 7.30pm. Wear a mask and make sure to keep 2 metres from anyone not in your household at all times. Those joining by Zoom, please check the Facebook event page for the Zoom link closer to the time.

The event will most probably involve a song, an inclusive prayer and some silence, so please come along for this symbolic act of solidarity with our earth and protest against its desecration. Bring a tea light and a small square prayer flag.

 

Eco activists “slow walk” Horse Hill tanker to protest future fossil fuel production

Press Release from Extinction Rebellion Surrey

Protesters in front of a tanker at the junction of Horse Hill and Reigate RoadExtinction Rebellion and other eco activists slowly walked in front of a tanker this morning (3 August) en route to UKOG’s Horse Hill production site.

The slow walk saw around 20 Covid-19 masked activists gather near the junction of Horse Hill and Reigate Road and proceed at a snail’s pace in front of the tanker to protest the continued expansion of fossil fuel development in the midst of the climate emergency.

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Green light for legal challenge to Surrey County Council’s support for 20 years’ oil production at Horse Hill

Press release from the Weald Action Group

Campaigners outside the Royal Courts of Justice for a hearing on this case in February 2020

Sarah Finch, a campaigner from Redhill, has been granted permission by the Appeal Court for a Judicial Review of Surrey County Council’s decision to allow the drilling of four new oil wells and 20 years of oil production at Horse Hill, near Gatwick in Surrey.

Sarah Finch and many others had objected to the proposed development by UK Oil and Gas for a range of reasons, including climate change. When Surrey County Council approved the plans in September 2019, Sarah issued a legal challenge, with support from the Weald Action Group. She claimed that the Council had failed to consider the direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions of the project, and the government’s Net Zero target for carbon emissions.

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Extinction Rebellion protest fossil fuel expansion at Horse Hill

Press release from Extinction Rebellion Surrey. Photos by Natasa Leoni

Today, Monday 6 July 2020: 

  • Extinction Rebellion ‘slow walk’ a tanker destined for the UKOG oil production site at Horse Hill, in protest at the expansion of fossil fuel development during a climate emergency.
  • 20 activists gathered in front of a tanker near the junction of Horse Hill with Reigate Road, and walked slowly in front of it to delay its progress along Horse Hill to the Horse Hill Developments Ltd (UKOG) oil production site, near Horley, Surrey. 
  • This is a protest against the continued expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure allowed by both the UK Government and Surrey County Council (SCC).
  • The value of oil plummeted during the Covid-19 crisis and activists are calling on the Government to ‘build back better’ by investing in renewable energy instead of propping up a dirty, outdated industry.
  • Activists are wearing face masks as part of COVID-19 safety and etiquette.

Extinction Rebellion activists this morning (Monday 6 July) walked in front of a container lorry destined to collect oil from the UKOG site at Horse Hill in a symbolic protest against continued investment in carbon-emitting fossil fuels. Read the rest of this entry >>

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UKOG’s application to drill at Dunsfold refused

The Surrey County Council Planning Committee today refused planning permission for an application by UKOG 234 Ltd to drill for oil and gas at Loxley, near Dunsfold in Surrey.

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Extinction Rebellion occupy Horse Hill site

Press release from XR Surrey

XR protesters at Horse HillExtinction Rebellion activists have infiltrated the UK Oil & Gas oil production site in Horley, Surrey, to highlight the fact that oil is over – it’s time for a green recovery.

Extinction Rebellion environmental protectors are today occupying the UKOG site at Horse Hill. The activists breached the site’s security and are currently within the compound, preventing work commencing. A further two activists are locked on at the entrance, blocking access to the site. During the COVID-19 crisis, pollution and greenhouse gas emissions have plummeted along with the price of oil – today’s action calls on the UK Government to seize on this opportunity, to stop funding oil and gas extraction in the UK and to invest in a green recovery.

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Oil company injunction watered down further as campaigners celebrate

A press release from the Weald Action Group

Faith at the Gate, Horse Hill

Faith at the Gate gathering outside the gates of the Horse Hill site in Surrey before the lockdown

Campaigners are celebrating a significant weakening of an injunction, which set out to target peaceful protest at unconventional oil sites in Surrey and Sussex.

The High Court has agreed a variation of the Order by UK Oil and Gas (UKOG) against ‘Persons Unknown’, removing clauses relating to their supply chain, combining together to protest and ‘gathering and loitering’ at the sites.

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Ban on peaceful protest at oil sites in Surrey and Sussex: Application to end Draconian Injunction

Press release from the Weald Action Group

Lawyers for five peaceful protesters supported by the Weald Action Group have applied to the High Court to bring an end to an interim injunction against protest at oil sites in Surrey and Sussex in line with a new Court of Appeal ruling.

A recent judgment, made on a case brought by fur company Canada Goose, says it’s unlawful to allow interim injunctions against “persons unknown” to drag on and vindicated the protesters’ argument that companies such as UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) should stop misusing Court procedures to get wide orders against lawful protesters  through the unfair device of persons unknown.

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Traffic and Transport Management Plan for Horse Hill unworkable, say campaigners

Press release from the Weald Action Group

A plan for lorries to access the Horse Hill drill site in Surrey day and night for 20 years poses a real risk to other road users and means disturbance for local residents, says the Weald Action Group [1].

Under the plan – yet to be agreed by Surrey County Council – there would be no restriction on HGV permitted hours while oil production was going on – that’s 20 years of the planning permission.

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Horse Hill: Respond to Environment Agency consultation by Monday 25 November

We urge everyone to send a response to the Environment Agency’s consultation on the Horse Hill oil drilling site.

The site operator, Horse Hill Development Ltd (HHDL), has asked for changes to the environmental permit to allow them to drill and test four new oil wells, drill a water re-injection well and produce and store oil at the site.

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