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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Supreme Court to rule over go-ahead for oil wells at Horse Hill in Surrey

Press release from Leigh Day Solicitors

The Supreme Court will make a landmark ruling about whether councils must factor in the long term climate impact when considering applications for fossil fuel production plants.

The Law Lords will hear the case of campaigner Sarah Finch who has been granted permission to appeal to the Supreme Court in her fight against the drilling of oil wells in Surrey.

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10 tonnes of CO2 per day in Surrey gas plan – please object

Environment Agency is consulting on plans to produce grey hydrogen from the Albury gas site in Surrey (near Guildford) – leading to a big increase in emissions.

IGas wants to vary its current environmental permit at the site to use the gas it’s been producing at the site for some years to produce grey hydrogen (grey is when any harmful emissions aren’t captured and stored).  WAG is objecting to this application and is asking you to write in too. The deadline is July 6th and – although it sounds technical – there are some very straightforward points you can make, in your own words.

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“Unbelievable” Government decision to allow new gas site in Surrey

The decision by a Government Minister to allow prospecting for gas at Dunsfold in Surrey is “unbelievable” and “disappointing”.
Responding to the announcement by the Minister of State for Housing, Stuart Andrew MP, on behalf of the Secretary of State regarding the decision to allow the appeal for UK Oil & Gas to drill for hydrocarbons in Dunsfold, Surrey, James Knapp from the Weald Action Group said: 
“We are deeply disappointed by today’s Government decision to give the go ahead for UK Oil & Gas to drill for fossil fuels in Dunsfold. The application was twice rejected by Surrey County Council and was also opposed by local councils.
“Even if the site is proven commercially viable it will take years for new gas production to come on stream so it will do nothing to alleviate the current energy price crisis. Indeed, the UK’s Committee on Climate Change has stated that ‘Any increase in UK extraction of oil and gas would have, at most, a marginal effect on the prices faced by UK consumers in the future’.

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