Angus Energy gets permission to drill sidetrack at Brockham

Angus Energy plc, has today received permission from the Environmental Agency to drill a sidetrack at its
oil site at Brockham, licence PL 235.

Angus Energy is now floated on the AIM, and telling investors that they will increase production to 400 barrels of oil per day.

However they will need planning permission before they can extend the existing well bores or drill a new well, as well as a different permit from the EA. At the time of writing, no planning application has been submitted.

Jonathan Tidswell-Pretorius, Angus Energy’s Chairman, commented: “Receiving the Environment Agency’s permission to drill the Brockham side-track is an important step in the development of the Group. The upcoming sidetrack will allow the Group to increase and prolong the production from the Portland reservoir while also giving the Group an opportunity to assess the potential of, and if successful, produce from the Kimmeridge limestons (sic) and Top Coralian layer.”

Jacquetta Fewster from Mole Valley Green Party said, “This is part of a worrying trend across the South East.  The Government must live up to its commitment to the Paris Agreement in deeds, not just words, and put an end to prospecting at Brockham, Leith Hill and Horse Hill.  Investment in renewables and energy conservation is what we need. This relentless quest for toxic fossil fuels is the road to ruin.”

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Community Support for Protection Camp on Leith Hill

Mole Valley residents turned out in force in Dorking on 8 November to hear about the oil drilling threats across the area.

They showed strong support for the people from all over England who have set up a camp on nearby Leith Hill to protect it from drilling.

mole-valley-meetingAlthough the Leith Hill drilling has been allowed to go ahead by the Planning Inspectorate, many pledged to stop it going ahead.

Julian Everett, of the Voice for Leith Hill Group, said: “The basic truth is that oil drilling on Leith Hill is just wrong. We’re fighting this campaign because sometimes people, whose job it is to protect places like Leith Hill, get lost and forget themselves. It’s up to the rest of us to ensure that treasured national assets remain protected and safe.”

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Research project seeks testimony on protest policing

A team of researchers from The School of Advanced Study, University of London, The University of York and Liverpool John Moores University is launching a joint research project to look at the policing of protests against fracking in England and Wales.

Following a series of high-profile protests against fracking around England and Wales since 2013, the team of researchers has already begun documenting the experiences of those involved in a number of these protests. The aim of this new project is to develop a broader national picture of the policing of protests against fracking and to explore the experiences of those involved in protest and community activism in this context. Read the rest of this entry >>

Application submitted for more testing at Horse Hill

Horse Hill Developments Ltd has submitted its application for further testing and drilling at Horse Hill.

The application is for “The retention of the existing exploratory well site and vehicular access onto Horse Hill; the appraisal and further flow testing of the existing borehole (Horse Hill-1) for hydrocarbons, including the drilling of a (deviated) sidetrack well and flow testing for hydrocarbons; installation of a second well cellar and drilling a second (deviated) borehole (Horse Hill-2) and flow testing for hydrocarbons; erection of security fencing on an extended site area; erection of acoustic/light barrier; modifications to the internal access track; installation of plant, cabins and equipment, all on some 2.08ha, for a temporary period of three years, with restoration to agriculture and woodland.”

Read a summary of key points from the 62 documents on the Drill or Drop website

Have your say

You can find all the application documents, and submit your comments, on the Surrey County Council website

The application documents and plans should also be available for public inspection at Reigate Town Hall. Please telephone the Planning Service before travelling to ensure the documents are available. The address is:

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council
Town Hall
Castlefield Road
Reigate Surrey

The public consultation end date is 12 December 2016 – though the Council will normally take account of comments received up to the date the decision is made.

Legal Observer Training: 26 November 2016

Green and Black Cross and the Network for Police Monitoring (Netpol) are offering free legal observer training top activists from  across South East England.

The free half-day training event takes place in Horsham on Saturday 26 November.

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Please object to new proposals for Leith Hill

Europa Oil and Gas has applied for planning permission for a double line of security fencing and facilities for guards at its oil exploration site near Leith Hill.

The company’s proposals to drill and test for oil at the site were approved by a Planning Inspector last year, following a lengthy planning dispute.

The company now says it needs extra security to protect the site from protesters. It says Without adequate security arrangements protestor activity could potentially introduce delays to the allocated 18-week timescale to undertake the required exploratory works at the Site and could also create safety issues.”

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Petition against oil drilling in Surrey heard at County Hall

On Monday morning, 10 October, concerned Surrey residents gathered at County Hall, Kingston, to attend a petition hearing, calling for a stop of all unconventional and invasive drilling in Surrey.

Mr John Nolan, founder of the campaigning group ‘SURREY AGAINST FRACKING’ submitted the petition which had been handed in along with substantive additional material about the proven dangers of unconventional drilling to the environment and people’s health in the UK. In total over 60 pages of evidence had been submitted individually to councillors and all MPs in Surrey.

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Horse Hill planning application due on 14 October

planningnoticeHorse Hill Developments Ltd expects to submit the planning application for the next stage of drilling at Horse Hill on 14 October, according to notices which have appeared at the site.

This will be for further flow testing of the existing borehole and the drilling of a horizontal sidetrack well; drilling and flow testing of a second borehole; fencing, gates, and modifications to the internal access road; and installation of plant, building and equipment.

Horse Hill Developments Ltd held a public information event in July to tell local residents about their plans for further oil flow testing at Horse Hill. Read more about what they said here:


Surrey Pension Fund in ‘very significant deficit’ – urged to change course

Press release from DivestSurrey:

The 75,000 residents of Surrey, who hold a pension managed under the Surrey Pension Fund may be concerned to know that the £2.8 billion fund is in “very significant deficit” as revealed by Cllr Hazel Watson, a SPF committee member [1].

Steve McDonald from DivestSurrey, a campaign launched to persuade the pension fund to divest from global warming fossil fuels said,

“As Surrey residents we want the pension to fund to provide both solid returns for pensioners and a sustainable future for the community.

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No Drilling in the Weald: Skill-sharing meeting 16 October 2016

Campaigners from Surrey and Sussex are holding a meeting and skills workshops for anti-fossil fuel groups and environmental activists across the South East.

The world’s existing coal mines and oil and gas fields contain enough carbon to push the world beyond the threshold for catastrophic climate change, and there is simply no justification in searching for more fossil fuels. They must be left in the ground.

This meeting is an opportunity to share ideas, put a strategy in place for each area threatened with oil or gas drilling across the Weald, and to support each other.

It’s also a chance to link up anti-fracking campaigns with those focusing on community renewables, divestment, and conventional oil and gas.

The event is free but places are limited so booking is required.

Find out more and book your place on Eventbrite