The oil exploration site in Surrey, nicknamed the “Gatwick Gusher”, breached health and safety laws last year, DrillOrDrop has learned.
Staff working for one of the leading contractors in the UK onshore oil and gas industry breached health and safety regulations and failed to follow best practice during a single routine task, the industry regulator has concluded.
An oil exploration well in one of the most sensitive parts of the country has lacked scrutiny because of legal loopholes.
The government’s new shale regulator, announced last spring, has three members of staff, at a cost of £75,000, operates “virtually” and has no powers, the energy minister has said.
The Health and Safety Executive has reported that Tony Almond, who worked on onshore oil and gas policy, has died following a heart attack.
Updated 27/11/2018 New rules came into force today which could delay production from the Kimmeridge oil well at Angus Energy’s site at Brockham in Surrey.
Campaigners in southern England have criticised what they say is a “gaping hole” in the regulations covering the use of acid on oil sites.