Have your say on Horse Hill plans

Horse Hill Developments Ltd have submitted their plans in response to the eight conditions attached to their planning permission for a further three years of oil drilling and related activity. They can’t start work until these plans are all approved.

These documents are out for consultation. Please read and send the Council your views by 5 February 2018.


Leith Hill update: January 2018

Thank you to local campaign group A Voice for Leith Hill for this update.


The threatened drill on Leith Hill is now embroiled in a fast moving set of legal proceedings.

Europa Oil and Gas is keen to get on with it as their planning permission for the 18 week exploratory drill expires in August. So they’re challenging Surrey County Council for – they claim – unreasonably delaying a decision on the Traffic Management Plan for the site. The Plan involves hundreds of HGV movements in a narrow and historic sunken lane with protected trees on each side. The courts could sidestep the democratic process, which is what Europa will be hoping.

Europa has also resubmitted the Traffic Management Plan to Surrey County Council. Please comment here by February 7th

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Seasonal update from oil sites in Surrey

The petition calling on the Environment Agency not to grant environmental permits for proposed oil drilling at Leith Hill has more than 88,000 signatures.

The Environment Agency is still considering the permit applications. If you haven’t signed the petition yet, please do – and share the link: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/p/protect-leith-hill

Meanwhile, the oil companies continue to push their plans to drill in Surrey. This week:

We wish a very merry festive season to all those fighting to defend our countryside, our communities and our planet from this dangerous and completely pointless industry.

With evidence piling up that we need to move away from fossil fuels with great urgency, it is hard to understand why these gamblers are allowed to pursue their plans to extract oil that we simply can’t afford to use.

Here’s hoping for a saner and safer world in 2018.


Petition for stronger environmental monitoring of onshore oil and gas

Campaigners in Leith Hill have set up a petition calling on the Environment Agency to reject permit applications which would allow oil and gas exploration at the beauty spot.

They are also calling on the EA to substantially extend and strengthen the water monitoring regime related to onshore oil and gas operations.

Read more and sign the petition at https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/protect-leith-hill-in-surrey-from-the-risk-of-water-contamination-from-planned-oil-drilling-1

New report reveals Surrey County Council investing £159m in climate-wrecking companies

Press release from Divest Surrey, 9 November 2017

National data released today has revealed that Surrey County Council is investing over £159 million in the fossil fuel industry through their management of the council pension fund [1]. Campaigners say the controversial investments threaten the climate and also represent an unacceptable financial risk to pension-holders.

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Angus gears up for oil production at Brockham

Update supplied by Brockham Oil Watch

A new application

Angus Energy has recently made two important announcements relating to the Brockham Oilfield. On 25 Oct it announced that it will “submit a normalisation application for the continued surface activities of the production plant required for well BR-X4 and notably, its inclusive sidetrack BR-X4Z.

It remains to be seen whether this will include a retrospective application for the drilling of sidetrack BR-X4Z, and/or an application cover any further exploration, testing or production from that or other wells, as Surrey County Council have requested.

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UK Energy: Which Way Forward? Diary dates

You’re invited to two upcoming meetings (one in Surrey, one nearby).

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Surrey oil sites: October 2017 update


On 18 October, Horse Hill Developments Ltd received planning permission for a further three years of oil drilling and related activity at Horse Hill.

The Environment Agency has already granted the variation to HHDL’s environment permit to allow the works.

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Silent protest on oil drill traffic plan at Surrey County Council meeting – Wednesday October 18

This is a press release from A Voice for Leith Hill, community group.

Surrey residents who claim their voices aren’t being heard in the process to decide traffic plans for oil drilling on Leith Hill will carry out a silent protest this Wednesday (October 18).

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Leith Hill and Horse Hill applications to be decided this week

On Wednesday, 18 October, Surrey County Council’s Planning & Regulatory Committee will be deciding on drilling and related activities at Horse Hill and Leith Hill.

Come to County Hall on 18 Oct to show your opposition to oil drilling in our area.  Meet at 10.15am by the Ashcombe Suite, County Hall, Kingston-upon-Thames, KT1 2DN  See the Facebook event here

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