Angus Energy has denied that its planning application on the Brockham oil site in Surrey was found to be invalid.
DrillOrDrop reported yesterday on an email from Surrey County Council to a resident about the application at Brockham which said:
“The application was found to be invalid and the applicant has been informed. A revised submission is awaited and will be considered on its merits.
“We will let you know when a valid application has been received.”
But in the updated Frequently Asked Questions section of Angus Energy’s website the company added a new question, number 10, “Did the Council find your normalization application to be “invalid”?
The company replied:
“As part of our normal process we are in dialogue with all of our regulators all the time. There are no issues with our application, nor is it “invalid” .
“An activist website claimed it was “invalid” in quotes. The site has a single source, unnamed and published unverified sentences on a web page. Nor did they reference”
This evening, Angus Energy updated the FAQ again with more information in the answer to question 10.
The company added:
“As part of the dialogue, the SCC [Surrey County Council] requested additional details with two titles, Non Validation Issues and Validation Issues. Validation issues include notes such as “Application Form (Section 7): The Title ….. should read ‘Site Boundary Plan’ whilst under Non Validation Issues requests further details on additional equipment or HGV movements.
“In sum, all are part of an ongoing process and dialogue we maintain with all regulators. There are strict regulations, highly technical equipment, safety concerns from both parties etc. The subject matter is dense.
“Broadly speaking, the process for any planning issue is not as simple as having your passport stamped.
“Angus Energy is pleased with the progress of the application. The company is working quickly and efficiently to provide the SCC with additional details and rectify any clerical errors.
“Unfortunately, it makes a great headline. An activist website claimed it was “invalid” in quotes. The site did not reference FAQs # 9. which is the subject matter of the headline. It had a single source, unnamed and published unverified sentences on a web page and no context.”
In response to the question number 9 “Are you now communicating with the SCC [Surrey County Council]?”, the company added:
“As in any working relationship, the SCC and Angus Energy maintain a dialogue on all matters including the application. For example, on 12 January, the SCC requested additional details for inclusion in the normalization application process. The Company and the SCC work together to ensure the Council’s needs are satisfied without delaying the process.”
- DrillOrDrop saw a copy of the Surrey County Council email late on 17 January 2018. On 18 January 2018, we invited Angus Energy by phone and email to comment on it. The company did not respond by 20 January when we published the article. DrillOrDrop has always invited Angus Energy to comment on reports about the company. It has never responded directly.
Updated on 21 January 2018 to include a redacted version of the email with the permission of the recipient