WAG objects to environmental permit variation for Horse Hill

The Weald Action Group has submitted a response to the Environment Agency’s consultation on the application by Horse Hill Developments Ltd to vary the environmental permit for their Horse Hill well site at Horse Hill, near Horley in Surrey.

In summary, we do not agree with the Environment Agency’s draft decision for the following reasons:

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Oil company now seeking permit to flare up to 10 tonnes of gas per day at Horse Hill

– despite telling planning decision-makers the gas would be used to generate electricity

Horse Hill Developments Ltd (HHDL) has sought permission to flare up to ten tonnes of gas per day at its controversial Horse Hill oil site in Surrey. 

Theoretically this means up to 3,650 tonnes of gas each year – or enough to heat up to 3,500 homes – could be simply burned, with the energy potentially wasted. [1]

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UKOG abandons plans to explore for oil on the Isle of Wight

UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) has announced it will not appeal against the refusal of planning permission for exploration near the village of Arreton on the Isle of Wight.

The Isle of Wight Council unanimously refused the application in October 2021. This followed years of dedicated campaigning by Don’t Drill the Wight, a non- party political group of like-minded individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds, professions and political affiliations, who are opposed to the development of new onshore exploration and extraction sites for oil and gas.

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Invitation to knowledge-sharing event on methane

It’s not just cows! The oil and gas industry is a major source of methane.

The South East Climate Alliance invites you to an online meeting about methane.

Guest speakers include SECA members Danny Lee (Petersfield Climate Action Network) and Emily Mott (Weald Action Group) as well as James Turitto (Clean Air Task Force). The session will be facilitated by Jill Sutcliffe.

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No new oil and gas projects are ‘compatible’ with maintaining a stable climate

The Weald Action Group has called the government’s proposed ‘climate compatibility checkpoint’ for future oil and gas licensing in the UK Continental Shelf ‘inherently flawed’ – and says the checkpoint threatens both the government’s ability to meet its own net-zero target and the stability of the global climate.

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Horse Hill: Appeal Court judges divided over unlawfulness of decision to allow new Surrey oil wells

Horse Hill challenge dismissed – but judgment not unanimous

Campaigners from Weald Action Group and Friends of the Earth at the courts on 17 February 2022

Court of Appeal judges were divided over a claim that Surrey County Council acted unlawfully when it decided to grant planning permission for new oil wells and 20 years of oil production at Horse Hill in Surrey.

One of three judges agreed with campaigner Sarah Finch and intervenor Friends of the Earth that the council should have considered the full climate impacts of the development, including the ‘downstream’ greenhouse gas emissions that will be produced when the oil extracted at Horse Hill is eventually burned.

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There is no need for oil from Brockham: WAG objects to oil production plans

Brockham
Drill rig at Brockham

The Weald Action Group has objected to Angus Energy’s planning application to produce oil at Brockham until 2036.

Angus is applying to retain one of the three wells on the site, BRX4, and reperforate it to allow for appraisal and production of hydrocarbons for a ‘temporary period’ of 15 years. The other two wells have been plugged and abandoned.  Read the application documents here: https://planning.surreycc.gov.uk/planappdisp.aspx?AppNo=SCC%20Ref%202021/0165

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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/

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