Europa Oil & Gas, the company blocked last week from drilling near the Leith Hill beauty spot, began clearing the site today.
The lease for the site on Forestry Commission land at Bury Hill Wood expires tomorrow (12 September 2018).
The Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, decided not to renew the agreement because of concerns that drilling for oil would damage nearby ancient woodland. The site operator, Europa, announced it was pulling out. DrillOrDrop report
Today, fencing was removed from parts of the woodland for the first time for nearly two years. Campaigners who visited the site reported that security staff would be leaving tomorrow.
The Bury Hill Wood site is still covered by a High Court injunction, which was also due to expire tomorrow. Last week, Europa sought an extension and was granted an extra 14 hours until a hearing on Thursday at 2pm. The company has since said it will not seek a further extension. DrillOrDrop report