IGas misleads Surrey residents with hydrogen greenwash

Fossil fuel company IGas has been accused of misleading local residents with greenwash over its plans to develop its Bletchingley site in Surrey.

IGas say they plan to produce hydrogen at the site, which currently produces natural gas. An online exhibition tells local residents that the hydrogen will “be used in a variety of ways, including the potential to power local buses” and that this supports the “national transition towards net zero”.

Yet one local resident pointed out that the plans are very far from climate-friendly.

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Dunsfold Inquiry – WAG statement on no need for more onshore gas

The Dunsfold Planning Inquiry opened today with UK Oil & Gas appealing against refusal by Surrey County Council for a new fossil fuel site.

Although the grounds for refusal focused on landscape and highways impacts, UKOG raised the issue of the need for more onshore fossil fuels and the policies it says support more exploration.

Kirsty Clough presented a statement to the Inquiry, on behalf on the Weald Action Group, challenging these claims. She told the Inquiry:

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Horse Hill fundraiser kicks off with a 1,000-mile sponsored cycle ride

Surrey resident Sarah Finch is taking her legal challenge over Horse Hill oil to the Court of Appeal. To do this, she needs to raise an extra £25,000 for legal fees and court costs – and the Weald Action Group is supporting her all the way.

Campaigners from across the south-east are helping with a series of fundraising initiatives which kick off this month. First up, two campaigners, Simon and Sam, are embarking on a 1,000-mile bike ride from Kingston to Barcelona to help with raising funds and awareness for the campaign ahead.  You can Sponsor Simon and Sam here.

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EA Consultation for Drilling Permit for Isle of Wight – Please Comment

UKOG has applied to the Environment Agency for a drilling permit, despite no decision made yet by the Isle of Wight Planning Committee. We believe this to be a deliberate attempt to influence the decision of the application if the EA grants the permit in advance.

The Team of the Don’t Drill The Wight Campaign are urging communities to respond to the consultation following the EA Guidelines. We are also writing to Bob Seely MP to ask him to respond in objection to the permit.
Please support us by heading to our website at https://www.dontdrillthewight.co.uk/  to follow simple instructions to respond and read ideas for relevant comments to be written in your own words.Read our Newsletter for more details by clicking the image above

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IGas hydrogen proposal will increase greenhouse gas emissions in Surrey

IGas are proposing to install hydrogen generation systems at two of their sites in Surrey, at Albury and Bletchingley.

Hydrogen burns without producing any carbon dioxide and other emissions except water. Consequently, IGas are claiming that their hydrogen production can be part of the transition to the UK Net Zero.

This is misleading on a number of grounds. Their plans will lead to a significant increase in emissions at their sites in Surrey.

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Acid stimulation: Fracking by stealth continues despite moratorium – report from Brockham Oil Watch

The international journal Energy Policy has published an article titled Acid stimulation: Fracking by stealth continues despite the moratorium in England, co-authored by Adriana Zalucka of Weald Action Group member Brockham Oil Watch, David Smythe, Emeritus Professor of Geophysics at the University of Glasgow, and Alice Goodenough of Harrison Grant Solicitors.  

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Climate campaigner to take Horse Hill challenge to Court of Appeal

Surrey Campaigner Sarah Finch

A climate campaigner’s fight to prevent the development of oil wells in Surrey – which is supported by the Weald Action Group – will go to the Court of Appeal.

Sarah Finch, of Redhill, Surrey, has been given permission to take her battle against Surrey County Council’s decision to grant Horse Hill Developments Ltd planning permission for the drilling and production of oil at a site in the Surrey Hills to the Court of Appeal.

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