Catch up on news from “David and Goliath battle” of Surrey Hills oil drilling inquiry

A planning inquiry over oil drilling in the Surrey Hills – described as a “David versus Goliath battle” – reaches the half-way stage when it resumes tomorrow morning (Tuesday April 28th 2015).

it will decide whether Europa Oil & Gas should be allowed to sink an exploratory borehole near Leith Hill in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, despite widespread local opposition.

Last week, the inspector, Stuart Nixon, heard evidence from Surrey County Council, the Leith Hill Action Group, the Surrey Hills AONB board and local politicians and residents, all of whom oppose the application

The company is expected to call five witnesses to support its case over the next few days. The inquiry is scheduled to end on Friday 1st May. The decision will come several months after that.

DrillOrDrop.com will be reporting from the inquiry this week. To catch up on evidence from last week, here are our reports from the inquiry:

Wednesday 22nd April

Background to the inquiry

David and Goliath battle as residents take on oil company

Restoration of Leith Hill oil drilling site would take 25 years

Thursday 23rd April

No compelling need for oil site in Surrey Hills, inquiry told. Likely local economic benefits would be insignificant Link

Oil drilling inquiry hears that Leith Hill site is Surrey’s jewel in the crown and needs highest protection

Friday 24th April

“It would be difficult to find a more inappropriate site for such a development”, Surrey drilling inquiry told

30% chance of finding oil at Surrey’s Leith Hill drill site + any oil likely to be insignificant, inquiry told

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