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‘Fracking under the radar?’ new leaflet about acidisation

Fracking under the radar? is a new leaflet about acidising from The Weald Action Group (WAG). WAG is an umbrella group supporting the many community groups across the South East who oppose the growing presence of the oil and gas industry in the region. They all share concerns about the techniques this industry proposes to use in as yet untapped, unyielding sections of the geology under our feet.

The leaflet explains the oil or gas extraction method known as ‘acidisation’ or ‘acidising’, which, like fracking, is a ‘stimulation technique’ designed to release oil or gas tightly trapped inside the pores of rocks. While fracking is used to crack open shale, acidising is used to dissolve passageways through limestone or sandstone.

Acidising uses far higher concentrations of chemicals than fracking, and brings similar risks for local people, animals and the environment.

This short leaflet, intended mainly for local people and councillors, explains in simple terms how acidising works at different strengths and pressures, and why this kind of oil exploration will give rise to a very large number of wells across the South East.

For more information on this advanced well stimulation technique please see our page About Acidisation

To order copies of ‘Fracking Under the Radar‘ leaflets, please contact info[at]

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Come and join a tour of oil drill sites in Surrey and Sussex

When: Sunday 25th March

Where: Meet outside Dorking Station (if coming by train) or at Leith Hill Protection Camp (if coming by car)

What time: At Dorking station between 10.30 and 11am. Or Leith Hill Protection Camp at 11am

What: South-East Unconventional Drill Site ‘Tour’ of Balcombe, Broadford Bridge, Brockham, Horse Hill, and Leith Hill

Who: You! Please bring food & flask. Wear warm waterproof clothing with stout footwear (its muddy!).

Following some successful gatherings to garner support at individual drill sites, this is the first combined tour aimed at helping activists and residents near local sites to see how best we can support local communities.

Do come to get an idea of what the oil industry is preparing to do on your doorstep. First stop is Leith Hill Protection Camp, where there is a meet and greet, and then on to the other sites.


The event is free but please register to aid planning.


Have your say on new Traffic Management Plan for Leith Hill

Europa Oil and Gas is keen to get started on the exploratory drill at Leith Hill as their planning permission expires in August.

So they need Surrey County Council to approve their traffic management plan for the site (which involves hundreds of HGV movements in a narrow and historic sunken lane with protected trees on each side).

The latest (12th!) version of the plan is now open for public consultation. Please read it and send in your comments by 7 February.

As this is a new application (because Europa are taking the previous one to appeal), you need to write in again, even if you have done so before.

Local campaign groups Leith Hill Action Group and A Voice for Leith Hill have both published advice on how to respond – read them here:

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:

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

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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