Actors Sue Jameson and James Bolam handed in a petition with more than 102,400 signatures to the Environment Agency this evening.
The petition, urges the Environment Agency (EA) not to grant environmental permits that would allow oil drilling at Bury Hill Wood near Leith Hill in Surrey. It also calls for improved water monitoring proposals at the site.
The signatories said the risks of water contamination from the proposed operations by Europa Oil and Gas were unacceptable. The company has said it would pump dilute hydrochloric acid into the well and surrounding rocks.
The EA has said it is minded to grant the permits. It said its draft permit would “ensure that a high level of protection is provided for the environment and human health”. A public consultation on the decision runs until 29 March 2018
Ms Jameson and Mr Bolam, who live near the oil exploration site at Broadford Bridge in West Sussex, have campaigned against hydrocarbon exploration.
The hand-in was at an EA drop-in information event in Dorking about the Leith Hill permits.
Earlier this week, the EA said it would not publicly accept the petition and would not be photographed.
But the organisation changed its mind and allowed people attending the event to film the presentation. People applauded the petition organisations and the agency staff for allowing the hand-in.
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