In this guest post, Sussex author and campaigner, Martin Dale, explains why he and other local people are sceptical about Celtique Energie’s pledge that it is drilling a conventional exploration well at Broadford Bridge, near Billingshurst, and will not use fracking.
Two environmental campaigners allege they were assaulted during an anti-fracking protest outside the exploratory oil site at Horse Hill in Surrey last year.
An oil well in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty could be the fifth biggest onshore producer in UK, according to Europa Oil and Gas.
The inspector at a public inquiry into plans to drill for oil in the Surrey Hills said this afternoon he was not confident the management of traffic to the site would work.
A hydrogeologist employed by Europa Oil and Gas said the risk of water contamination from a proposed exploratory drilling site in the Surrey Hills was essentially zero.
A planning inquiry over oil drilling in the Surrey Hills – described as a “David versus Goliath battle” – reaches the half-way stage when it resumes tomorrow morning (Tuesday April 28th 2015).
A planning expert told a public inquiry into plans to drill for oil near Leith Hill in Surrey there was no compelling need for the development.
A nature conservationist described the campaign against oil drilling near Leith Hill in Surrey as a David and Goliath battle.
The latest stage in a seven year planning battle over oil drilling in the Surrey Hills is due to get underway this morning.
Campaigners against oil and gas extraction, reacting to today’s news of a potentially large onshore oil field at Horse Hill in Surrey, called for a move away from fossil fuels.