Monthly Archives: October 2020

New briefing: Why we don’t need more onshore oil in the UK

Press release from the Weald Action Group

UK Government energy policy and local planning rules on onshore oil developments need to change, say campaigners.

The Weald Action Group has published a briefing Why we don’t need more onshore oil in the UK, which refutes claims made by the onshore oil industry that their developments are needed to maintain energy security, that UK oil has a lower carbon footprint than imported oil, that they provide local jobs and that they are needed for plastic production.

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Campaigners celebrate as oil companies walk away from Leith Hill

Press release from A Voice for Leith Hill

Campaigners at Leith Hill

Campaigners are celebrating as a cohort of onshore oil firms have been forced to walk away from the controversial proposed oil drilling site at Leith Hill in Surrey.

The consortium of UK Oil & Gas Plc (UKOG), Angus Energy and Egdon Resources Ltd has decided to relinquish the licence after concluding that “the required long-reach/shallow target-depth wells are neither technically viable or economically feasible”.  

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‘Art for the Earth’: Online art sale to raise funds for Horse Hill legal challenge

Fox and Pigeon, by Edori Fertig

The Weald Action Group is holding an online art sale to raise funds for the judicial review brought by Sarah Finch challenging Surrey County Council’s decision to allow a massive expansion of oil drilling at Horse Hill.

Contributing artists including Ackroyd and Harvey, Merlyn Chesterman RE and Surrey-based Kiri Jones and Ali Tomlin are taking part in the sale, organised by Ann Stewart, which is found at artatwag.artweb.com

Work on sale includes paintings, woodcuts, photographic prints, ceramics and glassware, at prices ranging from £25 to £1,000. Artists will donate 33% of the sale price – and in some cases 100% – to the cause.

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Fathers occupy drill rig at Horse Hill to call for an end to fossil fuel extraction

Two fathers in their 50s have occupied a drill rig at the Horse Hill site, in protest at the plans to scale up oil production at the site.

According to a press release from Extinction Rebellion, the two men entered the site in the early hours of this morning (10 October), using an access ladder to climb the rig to a platform approximately 15 metres above the ground. They have hung a banner from the rig saying “No More Oil” and are refusing to come down from the platform.

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