The Environment Agency announced this afternoon it had granted a new permit for the oil exploration site at Balcombe in West Sussex.
Opponents of an unauthorised oil well drilled at Brockham in Surrey were visibly shocked by a vote to grant retrospective planning permission today.
The Oil & Gas Authority has given details of where wells must be drilled by a group of companies that hold appraisal licences in England and Wales.
The future of an oil exploration site in West Sussex depends on the results of tests at the so-called “Gatwick Gusher” well about 20 miles away in Surrey, a company has said.
The leading partner behind the Horse Hill exploration site in Surrey has confirmed that operations have begun to test the flow of oil.
The exploration company, IGas, has been accused of wasting public money by appealing against the refusal of planning permission to test its well at Ellesmere Port.
Angus Energy has said it expects to test its newly-acquired well at Balcombe in West Sussex, before turning to Brockham in Surrey.
A newspaper article in North Yorkshire led to speculation during the weekend that gas company, Third Energy, had already carried out test fracks at its Kirby Misperton well site.
Opponents of plans by IGas to test its well at Ellesmere Port say more than 2,200 people have objected to the scheme, due to be decided later this month.
Live updates from West Sussex County Council planning meeting to discuss Cuadrilla’s planning application to test its oil well at Balcombe.