The public consultation on plans by UK Oil & Gas to drill for oil and gas at Dunsfold in Surrey has been extended by three weeks.
The Environment Agency is seeking views on the company’s application for environmental permits (see DrillOrDrop report).
The original consultation was 28 days, with a deadline for comments of 19 December 2019.
But the community group, Protect Dunsfold, told DrillOrDrop this was not long enough to respond to the technical material in the application, particularly because the period included the general election and the run-up to Christmas. A spokesperson for the group said:
“This application is of high public interest and needs to be subjected to close and detailed scrutiny. 28 days is simply insufficient time.”
The application has 26 documents, including a 218-page environmental risk assessment, 195-page gas management plan and a 261-page site condition report.
The Environment Agency has now extended the consultation period to 10 January 2020.
A spokesperson for the organisation said:
“We appreciate that during the festive season and general election people may need an extended period to review the application and respond if they wish to.”