Online auction raises funds for Horse Hill Appeal

An online auction goes live this weekend to raise the final funds needed for the Horse Hill legal challenge.

Lots on offer include two nights’ accommodation in a stunning self-contained annexe in Lyme Regis, prints by Tate Modern artists Ackroyd and Harvey, an organic indigo dyeing workshop with local artist Claire Benn, and a signed copy of Judi Dench’s autobiography.

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Rally at Horse Hill, Saturday 6 November

Surrey campaigners will hold a rally near the Horse Hill drill site on 6 November as part of a Global Day of Action on climate justice.

A collaboration of climate campaign groups, Horse Hill Protection Group and friends, invites you to join this peaceful protest to say ‘Keep It In The Ground: No New Fossil Fuel Investments Or Infrastructure’!

Meet at the junction of Horse Hill with the A217 (opposite the Black Horse pub) at 12.30pm to hear a few short speeches, then walk up to the drill site at 1.30pm. See this page for travel details.

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IGas plans produce grey hydrogen at Albury & Bletchingley

IGas have applied to Surrey County Council for planning permission to produce high carbon, ‘grey’ hydrogen at their sites in Albury and Bletchingley.

Their applications are highly misleading as they concentrate on the low emissions from hydrogen at the point of use and completely downplay the enormous amount of emissions that will result from the production of hydrogen at this site, if their permit is granted.

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Cyclists set off on 1,000 trip to highlight campaign to halt oil drilling in Surrey

Simon and Sam set off from Kingston’s Memorial Gardens, accompanied by XR members

Simon Sinclair from Surrey and Sam Swain from Kent set off today to cycle over 1000 miles from Kingston-upon-Thames to Barcelona, Spain.

Sponsor Simon and Sam

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Judge acquits Horse Hill protestor after finding prosecution witness had “tendency to exaggerate”

Press Release from Extinction Rebellion

Lindsay Parkin at Staines Magistrates’ Court

An Extinction Rebellion activist charged with aggravated trespass after occupying a Surrey oil rig in October last year has been acquitted after the judge questioned the reliability of the prosecution witness.

Lindsay Parkin, 56, a management consultant from Brighton, appeared at Staines Magistrates Court this week (22 April) charged with aggravated trespass.

He was arrested after he and Alistair Sandell, 52, a horticulturalist from Uckfield, entered the UK Oil and Gas (UKOG) Horse Hill oil extraction site near Horley, in the early hours of 10 October 2020.

The two men climbed an oil rig on site to a platform 15 metres above the ground, where they hung a banner saying “No More Oil” and remained there for 12 hours, in protest against UKOG’s plans to extract oil and gas from the site.

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UKOG applies for an environmental permit for new oil wells at Horse Hill

UK Oil and Gas Plc is applying for an environmental permit for the new oil wells and 20 years of production at Horse Hill which received planning permission in 2019.  The work can’t proceed without this Environment Agency permit. 

We urge everyone to object it’s easy just click ‘Online Consultation’ here;  (or search “EA Horse Hill permit”)

The consultation closes 21 April 2021.

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April 2021 updates and requests for support from around Surrey

A number of consultations are currently live concerning the oil and gas sites in Surrey. Please make sure to send your comments. And we have news on the legal challenge to the expansion at Horse Hill.

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Campaigners celebrate as oil companies cave in on injunction against ‘persons unknown’ at sites in Surrey and Sussex

The five Weald Action Group campaigners who planned to continue their challenge to get a draconian injunction quashed in the High Court at a hearing starting next week are celebrating as   the UK Oil and Gas (UKOG) group of companies concede that they have to radically scale back the Injunction and agree a much reduced draft Order which they have now made public.

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Oil licence to continue to blight Leith Hill, regulator confirms to campaigners

Press release from A Voice for Leith Hill

Leith Hill. Image courtesy Ackroyd & Harvey/ Surrey Hills Arts / Photo From The Air

The licence to drill for oil and gas in the area covering Leith Hill in Surrey will still be offered to exploration companies, even though successive companies have failed to drill there.

Leith Hill, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, was the site of controversial plans to drill for oil by successive companies over a 12 year period. Europa Oil and Gas pulled out of the site in 2018 after a lengthy legal battle to get planning permission to drill at the site.

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Horse Hill Judicial Review: report and debrief

The long-awaited Judicial Review of Surrey County Council’s decision-making over the planning permission for 20 years oil production at Horse Hill took place on 17 and 18 November.

Over two days, in a virtual court hearing hosted online, claimant Sarah Finch’s Counsel Marc Willers QCset out her case, that the Environmental Impact Assessment should have included an assessment of the carbon emissions that would be released when the oil from Horse Hill is burned. And the lawyers for Surrey County Council, Horse Hill Developments Ltd and the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government argued that this was not necessary.

The judge said: “It’s a very interesting case, a very important case”. He is now deliberating and we expect his judgment within the next few weeks.

There is a short report of the hearing on the Weald Action Group website, and the Weald Action Group is hosting an online debrief on 1 December. You can find details at: