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Surrey drill sites: July 2018 update

Brockham: public meeting this Wednesday

Brockham Oil Watch is hosting a public meeting, this Wednesday, 25 July, at 7.30pm, at the Brockham Village Hall Bar.

Come along to find out about:

  • the connection between earthquakes and local extraction?
  • the health and environmental risks of the latest proposals by Angus Energy?
  • plans for fracking/acidisation in the local area?

The public meeting takes place ahead of the decision on whether to approve Angus Energy’s part-retrospective application for the retention of the BRX4 well, the regularisation of the BRX4Z sidetrack, and the appraisal of BRX4Z, accessing the Kimmeridge Clay Formation. Surrey County Council Planning Committee is due to decide on 8 August.

Documents on emissions from a large gas engine and flaring were published on the Surrey County Council planning website only in mid-June. See a very informative submission on this on the Frack Free Balcombe Residents Association website.

Horse Hill: flow testing under way

Flow tests are underway at Horse Hill, testing oil flow first from the Portland rock formation. UKOG say the results are “extremely positive”. They will now move onto testing the Kimmeridge limestone formation.

Local people and campaigners are monitoring activities. If you could help with this, to monitor the site, simply watching what is going in and out, times and other activity, please contact Ivan Tucker.

Leith Hill: permissions running out

The planning permission for Leith Hill runs out on 7 August; we expect an application for an extension soon afterwards, including a cunning plan to make the controversial traffic management plan more palatable. Everyone will need to object again so please watch this space.

The lease granted by Forest Enterprise to Europa Oil and Gas for the drill site runs out in September. A Voice for Leith Hill and Keith Taylor Green MEP asked to meet the Chief Executive, Simon Hodgson, to discuss transferring the lease to a less damaging cause (like us!). He declined to attend. The meeting went ahead anyway with Mr Hodgson represented by an empty chair.

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