Horse Hill Appeal: judgment awaited

The legal challenge to Surrey County Council’s 2019 decision to allow 20 years of drilling at Horse Hill was heard in the Appeal Court on 16-17 November.

Lawyers on both sides argued their cases, and the judges listened attentively.  They will now deliberate, and we do not expect to hear the outcome for several weeks, or possibly longer.

Thank you everyone who was part of this, it has been a huge team effort, and funded by hundreds of people.”

Read more about the Appeal: http://www.wealdactiongroup.org.uk/2021/11/horse-hill-court-of-appeal-to-hear-challenge-to-controversial-oil-drilling-permission/

Horse Hill: Court of Appeal to hear challenge to controversial oil drilling permission

  • UK government to defend council’s controversial decision in court
  • 9am, campaigners with placards will gather outside the Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand to mark their opposition to oil drilling at Horse Hill

A woman who opposes Surrey County Council’s decision to allow oil drilling in greenbelt countryside, near Gatwick airport, is taking her legal battle to the Court of Appeal today.

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Campaigners demand Climate Justice at Horse Hill oil site

On 6 November, halfway through the COP26 Climate Summit, 150 people joined a rally at Horse Hill organised by the Horse Hill Protection Group.

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Let’s keep up the fight! Solidarity message from Mozambique

The legal campaign to stop oil drilling at Horse Hill in Surrey is one of four cases that Friends of the Earth has highlighted as threatening the UK’s climate reputation. Another of the four is the UK providing $1.15 billion in funding for liquid gas drilling in Mozambique, fuelling human rights abuses.

Mozambican campaigner Kete Fumo sent a message of solidarity with those fighting the Horse Hill case – and called on UK citizens to support and publicise their fight. Her message was  broadcast at the Horse Hill Climate Justice Rally on 6 November:

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Infrared cameras show methane and toxic gases escaping from five sources at Horse Hill

Researchers from Clean Air Task Force (CATF), an international climate advocacy NGO, have discovered significant methane emissions from oil and gas facilities in the UK – including Horse Hill.

Researchers equipped with special infrared cameras visited 17 onshore oil wells and found significant emissions of methane and other toxic gases from 13 of them.  Two of these sites are potentially super-emitters and are some of the largest events CATF has witnessed in Europe after visiting more than 250 sites in 12 countries.

At Horse Hill, which is the newest site visited, they found emissions of methane and other toxic gases coming from five sources: the three separator tanks, a connection hose, and the unlit flare.

VIEW HERE >> https://tinyurl.com/HorseHill-Methane2021

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Say no to grey hydrogen production at Bletchingley

IGas has applied for planning permission to produce hydrogen at two sites in Bletchingley, Surrey.

Surrey County Council is consulting on the plans. Please look at the application documents and send the Council your views on the Council’s planning portal here: https://planning.surreycc.gov.uk/planappdisp.aspx?AppNo=SCC%20Ref%202021/0145

the deadline is Monday 18 October 2021. 

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