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Le Tour de Frack

Only two weeks to go until
Le Tour De Frack
Register now! 

On 23 June 2018 we will be gathering for an ‘en masse’ cycle tour of areas affected by oil drilling in the South East of England. Sites will include Horse Hill, Brockham and Leith Hill in Surrey and Balcombe in West Sussex.

This will be a fun event with riders of all levels and abilities welcome. You can participate for a small section of the route or make a whole day of it.

The ride will be bright and colourful, with flags and banners to raise awareness and to get our message out ‘Clean Energy Now’ and ‘No to Drilling in The Weald’.

The tour will start from Meadowbank in Dorking at 10.30am. There will be three routes to choose from: 22 miles, 30 miles or 57 miles. Participating cyclists should register at Eventbrite.

For a sneak preview of the routes, go to the following links:

All riders will be issued with the routes plus timings and rest stops on the day.

If cycling is not your thing, please join us instead at ‘Greet at the Gates’ to cheer the cyclists on and to come together for refreshments, music, fun, games, information sharing and, of course… cake.

Stops will include Brockham Green, Horse Hill and Balcombe (more details to follow). Or join us at the finishing line at Leith Hill Protection Camp, where the event will wind down with food and entertainment. There will even be massage therapists on hand to sooth any aching limbs!

If you’re interested in joining the ride, or want to be a part of the day in some other way, please get in touch at tourdefrackuk@gmail.com and visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1629452990496106/

Saturday June 23rd 2018
Le Tour De Frack
Save the date and watch this space
#GreenFieldsNotOilFields

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“Gruffalo Blues (Save Leith Hill)” campaign single released

Leith Hill Community Blues Band has secured a music distribution deal, meaning its recently recorded single will now be available via a wide range of digital outlets including iTunes, Spotify and Amazon.

The Dorking-based community band was formed to promote awareness of the oil drilling threat at Leith Hill, and to highlight the role of the Forestry Commission, which leased the drill
site to Europa Oil and Gas.

A spokesperson for the band said: “Gruffalo Blues (Save Leith Hill) was recorded as a plea to the much-loved Gruffalo children’s character to end its long-running marketing partnership with the Forestry Commission.

“The site lease expires in August this year, and we hope the Gruffalo will join us in urging the Forestry Commission not to renew it. We are asking them to engage with the local community to explore other revenue options which do not utterly contradict its core mission statement to protect woodlands and forests.

“Our kids are all huge Gruffalo fans, and we have an obligation to defend their rights to continue enjoying safe drinking water and the wonderful naturalenvironment around here.”

The single was written and recorded on a hand-made lap guitar, crafted out of a hollow tree trunk by a local dad for his kids. The chorus was recorded at various drop-in community events and the results were mastered at a leading recording studio in London.

All funds raised from the sale of the single will go towards the legal defence of the UKOG injunction case and other campaign initiatives.

Buy Gruffalo Blues (Save Leith Hill)

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/gruffalo-blues-single/1390168983

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gruffalo-Blues-Leith-Hill-Community/dp/B07DCZN6D8

The video can be viewed on Youtube. 

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Divestment Workshop, Guildford, 26 May

Join the fight to free Surrey from its harmful investments in fossil fuel companies!

Divest Surrey, Surrey Federation of Green Parties and Divest Parliament have joined forces to host a free skill share workshop in Guildford on Saturday 26 May.

They’ll be sharing techniques, tricks and strategies to convince local MPs and Councillors to back divestment and get their support for investing in a clean energy future.

As well as free snacks, you can expect to:
• Get to grips with the exciting divestment movement and our work in Surrey
• Learn about effective ways to build relationships MPs and Councillors
• Concoct ace plans to engage MPs and Councillors across Surrey about divestment

The workshop takes place from 11am-1.30pm on 26 May, at Beverley Hall Community Centre, 71 Haydon Place, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4ND

Find out more and register

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‘Power Trip: Fracking in the UK’ Film screening + Q&A

Keith Taylor, Green MEP for South East England, is hosting the Surrey Premiere of ‘Power Trip: Fracking in the UK’, a new film made by Undercurrents UK.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A panel discussion and an update on oil and gas drilling activities in Surrey and the Weald.

When: Thursday 10 May 2018, 7.30-10pm

Where: Green Room Theatre, (behind Dorking Halls), Reigate Road, Dorking, RH4 1SG

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Home Counties residents launch crowdfunding appeal to challenge ‘unjust’ High Court injunction by oil company as it holds its AGM in London

Press release from the Weald Action Group

The Weald Action group – an umbrella organisation for those opposing unconventional oil and gas exploration across South East England – is today (24th April) launching a Crowd Justice fundraising appeal to challenge a proposed legal injunction which aims to stop protests against UK Oil and Gas (UKOG) company’s exploration sites. (1)

The appeal was launched this morning as UKOG, a company listed on the “Alternative Investment Market”, held its Annual General Meeting in London.

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Local residents seek support to fight oppressive injuction

Six local residents from oil exploration sites across Surrey and Sussex have launched a crowdfunder appeal to pay for the legal costs of fighting an injunction being pursed by UK Oil and Gas Ltd.

UK Oil and Gas Ltd (UKOG, and its family of companies) has applied to the High Court for an injunction that could severely curtail local people’s ability to campaign against their plans to drill for oil and gas near their homes. UKOG has a site at Horse Hill in Surrey as well as an interest in Leith Hill site.

The six residents say, “This injunction could stop the right to peaceful protest and prevent us from raising awareness of the new risky methods of unconventional oil and gas drilling and the industrialisation of our beautiful countryside.

“We need your support to raise funds for our legal costs.”

Support the Crowdfunder appeal

 

 

Have your say on retrospective application at Brockham

Angus Energy have submitted their long-awaited planning application for the next stage of work at the Brockham Oilfield at Felton’s Farm, Old School Lane. The application is in three parts, and relates to well BRX4 where an unauthorised sidetrack was drilled last January.

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Injunction Injustice – campaigners’ court challenge to oil company UKOG

Press release from the Weald Action Group

MEDIA PHOTOCALL: 9.30am on Monday 19 March outside the Rolls Building, 7 Fetter Lane, EC4 A 1NL

Weald residents: Join us outside the High Courts, from 9.15 am. Bring a slice of rural life into London – Banners, placards and wellies, waxed jackets, and a mug of tea welcome. 

Campaigners from across the South East of England will be attending the High Court in London on Monday 19 March to challenge attempts to introduce an injunction that seeks to severely curtail fundamental human rights.

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Brockham update

Angus Energy’s planning application for its illegally sidetracked well was registered on 8th March with the Surrey County Council and the documents are available on the Surrey County Council website.

The application is for the retention of the BRX4 well, the regularisation of the BRX4Z sidetrack, and the appraisal of BRX4Z using production plant and equipment within the existing site, for a temporary period of three years (part retrospective).

The application has SCC Reference 2017/0215. The application is expected to go to the 23 May Planning and Regulatory Committee. Please make your objections before then.

There is already activity on site and Surrey County Council has said: “We were expecting Angus to undertake some further works in connection with BRX2 – when our Enforcement Officer visited the site earlier in the month he was told that a further crane would be needed. We are seeking currently clarification from Angus’ representative. As you know, however, Angus do have planning permission to undertake works associated with BRX2.”

Read more about Angus’s plans for Brockham on the Drill or Drop website

Brockham Oil Watch

Leith Hill update

Environmental permit consultation drop-in event, 15 March 

The Environment Agency has re-scheduled the public ‘drop-in’ event it’s holding as part of its consultation on a permit application for Leith Hill.

The public information event (originally scheduled for 2nd March but postponed because of the snow) will take place between 2pm and 7.30pm, Thursday 15 March 2018 at Dorking Halls (Martineau Hall), Reigate Road, Dorking  RH4 1SG.

Visitors will be able to discuss the application and the process being followed to determine it, and talk to Environment Agency representatives about how they regulate oil and gas activities.

Due to this event being rescheduled the consultation period has also been extended by 2 weeks with a new closing date of 29 March 2018 .

The consultation is on the application by Europa Oil & Gas Limited for a bespoke environmental permit, which is currently being considered by the Environment Agency. Please make your objections before 29 March at
https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/psc/rh6-6hn-europa-oil-and-gas-limited/

petition asking the Environment Agency to reject the application now has more than 102,000 signatures. Please add your name if you haven’t already. It will be handed in at the consultation at 6.30pm.

Lecture and Q&A, 15 March

Come and listen to Professor David Smythe, who spent 15 years working at the British Geological Survey, explaining why he would never have advised his clients to drill on Leith Hill, even without considering the danger to our water supply.

The lecture is on Thursday 15 March from 7:45 to 9:45 at the Friends Meeting House, Butter Hill, Dorking, RH4 2LE. Tickets here. Bring come and bring your friends .

Help fund a technical submission to the Environment Agency

Local campaigners A Voice for Leith Hill are crowdfunding to cover the baseline costs for Professor Smythe to make a technical submission to the Environment Agency consultation, to compliment the hydrogeology work currently in progress. Please donate if you can.