Opponents of oil drilling in southern England have claimed victory after an exploration company dropped what they described as “the most draconian” clause in an injunction against protests.
UK Oil and Gas, the company behind oil drilling projects across southern England, has been ordered to restore a site in the South Downs National Park where no exploration work has been done since 2011.
Villagers opposed to drilling for oil in a remote part of the South Downs have accused regulators of a lack of robustness in handling the licence near their homes.
The company behind oil production at Markwells Wood in the South Downs has scaled back its plans following concerns about pollution to drinking water.
Opponents of proposals to drill for oil in woodland in the South Downs National Park have called for the site to be restored immediately after news that a planning application had been withdrawn (details).
New questions have been raised about whether drilling for oil should be allowed in an area of the South Downs that feeds a source of drinking water.