An operation to evict a protection camp continues for a second day on land near Leith Hill in Surrey earmarked by Europa to drill for oil. Check here for updates throughout the day.
The site at Bury Hill Wood was issued planning permission in August 2015 but no work has yet been carried out. A High Court eviction order was made in January 2017.
Opponents of Europa’s plans have constructed a tower on the wellsite and dug tunnels underneath it. About 20 people are reported to be in the tunnels and locked together. Other opponents spent the night at the entrance to the site. Yesterday, bailiffs arrived at just before 5am. They said they expected the operation to take for up to three days. Updates from Day 1.
Camp, fort and tunnels demolished
All protesters removed from site
Daily Mail reports that specialist teams have removed all the campaigners from tunnels, tree houses and the “fort”
Four campaigners out
Four campaigners now removed from Leith Hill camp
Eviction now underway for 36 hours
Reports from the scene say no arrests so far.
“Two protectors removed” – reports
Reports that two campaigners have been removed from the site.
Complaints about damage
Complaints about damage by site delivery lorries to historic banks of Coldharbour Lane made to Paul Kennedy, Mole Valley District Councillor.
Report say scaffolding is up around the “fort” at the protection camp and the removal team are inside with cutting gear. No-one yet cut out, reports say.
Bailiffs on site
More criticism of Forestry Commission for leasing land to Europa for oil exploration
“Protectors are ok”
Update from opponents of drilling:
“Peaceful night at the gate opposite. Protectors inside have been visited a few times this morning and ok. A group is down there now to see them.
“Far fewer bailiffs/security/work teams today.
“Live streaming expected to start soon.”
Opposition to Forestry Commission lease of land
Eviction now been underway for 24 hours
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