Regulations covering oil and gas developments are confusing and misleading and there are discrepancies between different agencies, a senior Surrey planner has said.
The regulator of the oil and gas industry has criticised Angus Energy over its operation at Brockham near Dorking.
Surrey County Council is standing by its position that Angus Energy does not have planning permission for oil production from a well at its Brockham site, despite an announcement of “final go-ahead” this morning.
Angus Energy announced in the past hour that it had received approval from the Oil & Gas Authority allowing it to produce oil from a side-track well drilled earlier this year.
Angus Energy did not have permission to drill a new sidetrack at Brockham in Surrey and does not have consent for production, the county council has told an industry regulator.
One of the regulators of the UK hydrocarbon industry has criticised the quality of information it holds on oil and gas wells.
The company behind plans to frack a shale gas well at Kirby Misperton in North Yorkshire has submitted a final document for approval.