Surrey planners recommend refusal of hydrogen scheme at Albury

UPDATE: The Planning & Regulatory Committee REFUSED this proposal.

Surrey County Council’s Planning & Regulatory Committee will discuss IGas’s application for installation of a steam methane reformation unit for the production of hydrogen from methane extracted from the Albury wellsite at their meeting on 29 March 2023.

The Council’s Planning Development Manager has recommended the plans be REFUSED – on grounds including harm to the Green Belt and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and failure to demonstrate that the development would not result in an unacceptable risk to protected lichen habitats.

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Challenge to Surrey Gas Drilling decision at the Royal Court of Justice

UPDATE

The High Court gave the go-ahead to the legal challenge against exporatory gas drilling near Dunsfold.

The court decided that the challenge should be considered on two grounds, concerning whether the government gave sufficient consideration to harm to the nearby Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and inconsistencies with its decision to refuse permission for gas testing at Ellesmere Port because of carbon emissions.

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WAG welcomes groundbreaking development in Horse Hill Case

The Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) has applied to intervene in the legal case brought by campaigner Sarah Finch against Surrey County Council over planning permission for new oil wells and production at Horse Hill in Surrey. This is the first time the OEP has sought to use its powers to intervene in judicial review proceedings.

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High Court to hear Dunsfold judicial review request on 2 March

On 2 March, campaigners from Protect Dunsfold and Waverley Borough Council will be at the High Court, asking the Court to allow a judicial review of the decision by the government in June 2022 to permit exploration for gas in Dunsfold. Surrey County Council’s planning committee had twice rejected this project.

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We pay tribute to Keith Taylor former MEP

We’re so grateful for the life and work of the former Green MEP Keith Taylor who has died in Brighton. Keith was a pillar of support to the Weald Action Group and the community campaigns against oil and gas around the South East. He was the Green MEP for the South East until Brexit in 2019 when he was forced to retire.  We mourn his loss and send love and best wishes to his family and close friends.

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Walkers to visit Surrey’s hidden oil extraction sites as part of Big Green Week

Press release from Extinction Rebellion

Climate campaigners are inviting Surrey residents to join a countryside walk of discovery this weekend between two of Surrey’s hidden oil extraction sites.

The 6.5 mile (10km) walk is taking place on Saturday 1st October as part of the national Great Big Green Week which is the UK’s biggest ever celebration of community action to tackle climate change and to protect nature.

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