Bury Hill Wood inquiry April 2015


Coldharbour Lane, the route to Bury Hill Wood, the site where Europa wants to drill this year. Photo: DrillOrDrop

This is the second inquiry into plans by Europa Oil and Gas to explore for oil at Bury Hill Wood, a site in the Green Belt and the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Click on the red titles to read the DrillOrDrop reports from the inquiry

22 April 2015

Second public inquiry into Surrey Hills oil drilling plans opens this morning

“David and Goliath battle” as residents take on oil company in the Surrey Hills

Restoration of Leith Hill oil drilling site would take 25 years

23 April 2015

No compelling need for oil site in Surrey Hills, inquiry told

Surrey’s jewel in the crown needs highest protection, oil drilling inquiry hears

24 April 2015

Chance of finding oil at Leith Hill drilling site about 30%, planning inquiry hears

“It would be difficult to find a more unsuitable and inappropriate site for such a development”, Surrey oil drilling inquiry hears

28 April 2015

Oil company refuses to rule out production from proposed Leith Hill exploration site

Leith Hill drill site’s risk to water supply “essentially zero” – inquiry told

Oil in the Surrey Hills could raise £86m in tax, Europa tells inquiry

29 April 2015

“I am not confident traffic management would work” – inspector at Surrey Hills oil inquiry

Seven-year-old scheme for Surrey exploratory oil well can’t estimate total lorry movements – inquiry hears

8 August 2015

Europa wins appeal over Surrey Hills drill site