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Public meeting at Brockham on Wednesday 25 July

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Welcome for earthquake monitors installed near oil sites

Local campaigners A Voice for Leith Hill and Brockham Oil Watch have welcomed prompt action by the British Geological Survey to install new seismographs near oil drill sites in Surrey.

Two of the earthquake monitors were set up today (Thursday 12 July). They will be used to track earth movements following an unprecedented cluster of eight recent earthquakes near Newdigate.

The British Geological Survey (BGS) said: “We hope to gain a better understanding of this scientific phenomena through the installation of additional stations.” BGS also said: “We are unable to say categorically if these earthquakes are related to hydrocarbon exploration or production, mainly because of the uncertainties in our estimates of the earthquake epicentres and particularly depths. Our calculated epicentres for the earthquakes are approximately 4.5km from the Horse Hill well, which is within our calculated uncertainty.” Read the rest of this entry >>

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Surrey earthquakes: full investigation needed

Following the 3.1 magnitude earthquake on Thursday today, the seventh and biggest of a series in recent months, many people have contacted us asking us whether the oil drilling activities at Horse Hill or Brockham could be a cause or contributing factor.

It is impossible to be certain about this. Earthquakes of this size in Surrey are a new phenomenon, according to the British Geological Survey (BGS), so there aren’t monitoring stations nearby. The closest is more than 50 km away. Consequently BGS is not able to locate the epicentres precisely, however they calculate it is approximately 4.5km from the very deep Horse Hill well. We were pleased to read that temporary monitors are to be installed next week, which should allow the experts to get more accurate locations should there be any more earthquakes.

We believe this needs a proper investigation and are calling for all drilling and flow testing to be halted now to allow proper monitoring to take place. (Of course there are a lot of other good reasons why we think it should stop quite apart from earthquakes!)

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Press release from the Weald Action Group

The outcome of a high-profile high court case will not be known till August at the earliest.

Six women from Surrey and Sussex have put their names forward as defendants against an injunction which oil company UK Oil and Gas (UKOG) wants to impose on “persons unknown”, banning legal protest at and around their drill sites.

After a four-day hearing, the Judge, Mr Justice Male, has reserved judgement in order to consider the legal implications.

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Great support for defendants in injunction case at High Court

Show of support for the defendants at the High Court. Photo by James Knapp

Campaigners from across the South East gathered at the High Court in London at lunchtime today in a protest against a “draconian injunction” application by oil company, UK Oil and Gas.

Six women from Surrey and Sussex are opposing the application for an interim injunction which aims to stop certain forms of protest at UKOG sites. They say their right to peaceful protest will be stifled by the injunction, which is in breach of their human rights. UKOG is currently presenting its case, and will be followed by Stephanie Harrison QC for the defendants. The case is due to finish on Thursday morning.

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Oil company challenges right to protest in High Court

Press release from Weald Action Group

Six women from Surrey and Sussex are at the High Court today (Tuesday 3 July) to defend the right to peaceful protest which is being challenged by UK Oil and Gas (UKOG).

Campaigners from across the South East and London will be outside the Rolls Building, 7 Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1NL, at 1.15pm to support the defendants, adding their voices to the many opposed to onshore oil and gas exploration. 

They will be joined by Green Party co-leader Jonathan Bartley and deputy leader Amelia Womack, supporting the right to peaceful protest.

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Le Tour de Frack

Le Tour De Frack
Register now! 

On 23 June 2018 we will be gathering for an ‘en masse’ cycle tour of areas affected by oil drilling in the South East of England. Sites will include Horse Hill, Brockham and Leith Hill in Surrey and Balcombe in West Sussex.

This will be a fun event with riders of all levels and abilities welcome. You can participate for a small section of the route or make a whole day of it.

The ride will be bright and colourful, with flags and banners to raise awareness and to get our message out ‘Clean Energy Now’ and ‘No to Drilling in The Weald’.

The tour will start from Meadowbank in Dorking at 10.30am. There will be three routes to choose from: 22 miles, 30 miles or 57 miles. Participating cyclists should register at Eventbrite.

For a sneak preview of the routes, go to the following links:

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“Gruffalo Blues (Save Leith Hill)” campaign single released

Leith Hill Community Blues Band has secured a music distribution deal, meaning its recently recorded single will now be available via a wide range of digital outlets including iTunes, Spotify and Amazon.

The Dorking-based community band was formed to promote awareness of the oil drilling threat at Leith Hill, and to highlight the role of the Forestry Commission, which leased the drill site to Europa Oil and Gas.

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Divestment Workshop, Guildford, 26 May

Join the fight to free Surrey from its harmful investments in fossil fuel companies!

Divest Surrey, Surrey Federation of Green Parties and Divest Parliament have joined forces to host a free skill share workshop in Guildford on Saturday 26 May.

They’ll be sharing techniques, tricks and strategies to convince local MPs and Councillors to back divestment and get their support for investing in a clean energy future.

As well as free snacks, you can expect to:
• Get to grips with the exciting divestment movement and our work in Surrey
• Learn about effective ways to build relationships MPs and Councillors
• Concoct ace plans to engage MPs and Councillors across Surrey about divestment

The workshop takes place from 11am-1.30pm on 26 May, at Beverley Hall Community Centre, 71 Haydon Place, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4ND

Find out more and register

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‘Power Trip: Fracking in the UK’ Film screening + Q&A

Keith Taylor, Green MEP for South East England, is hosting the Surrey Premiere of ‘Power Trip: Fracking in the UK’, a new film made by Undercurrents UK.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A panel discussion and an update on oil and gas drilling activities in Surrey and the Weald.

When: Thursday 10 May 2018, 7.30-10pm

Where: Green Room Theatre, (behind Dorking Halls), Reigate Road, Dorking, RH4 1SG

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