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Surrey oil sites: summer 2017 update

This round-up is compiled by volunteers and information is presented in good faith. We are not experts and you are advised to do your own research and contact the groups campaigning on these sites. If anyone has further news or information about any oil or gas drilling planned or taking place in Surrey, please contact us.

Here are updates from sites at Bletchingly, Brockham, Bury Hill Wood (Leith Hill) and Horse Hill.

 

Bletchingley

Island Gas Limited (IGas) have applied for an environmental permit for oil & gas drilling in Bletchingley. Read the application and have your say

Brockham

Angus Energy have submitted a planning application for increased site works at Brockham to be valid until 2036. The consultation is open until 31 July. The application is expected to go before the Planning and Regulatory Committee at its meeting in September.

Bury Hill Wood, Leith Hill

Europa Oil & Gas is proposing a bigger and longer-lasting oil-drilling development than that which was finally given conditional approval in 2015 after six years of opposition and two refusals.

Two applications for security fencing around the site, which would increase the Site area by 28% and add either 17% or 200% to the time on site, are currently being considered by Surrey County Council.

Also under consideration is a Traffic Management Scheme, which proposes to close a 4km stretch of road for up to three days when the drilling rig is delivered and again when it is removed.

For other deliveries, the route, which includes a historic sunken lane, would have traffic controls, including stop-go boards and banksmen with radios.

The plans include suspending parking in part of Knoll Road, a residential road and route to a local school, in order to use the road as a holding area for convoys of heavy lorries waiting to enter the site. For more see drillordrop.com 

The protest camp at the site was evicted in June, in a bailiff-led operation lasting two days. For pictures and a report of the eviction see drillordrop.com

Horse Hill

A planning application for application for a further three years of oil drilling and related activity at Horse Hill was to have been determined this month. However the Council planners are still reviewing the information supplied, and the Planning Committee will not make the decision until August 2017 at the earliest.

The Council will continue to accept responses up until the decision is made, so if you haven’t had your say, there’s still time. There’s more information here

Meanwhile, the Environment Agency is consulting on a draft environmental permit issued today for future work at the Horse Hill well site. Take part in the consultation

 

WHAT IS ADICISATION?

Keith Taylor MEP has published a useful booklet on acidisation, one of the processes likely to be used in Surrey. Download it from www.keithtaylormep.org.uk

 

 

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