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Everything you always wanted to know about acidising

Paper prepared for the Weald Action Group by Kathryn McWhirter, Revised April 2018

Fracking under the radar?

Acidising brings similar risks to fracking – risks to our health and environment, wildlife and farm animals, the air we breathe and potentially the water we drink. Drilling and acidising involve noise, flares, heavy traffic, and use of a range of chemicals whose toxicity in some cases is unknown. Leaflet published by Weald Action Group, 2017.

Climate change
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A briefing by Ann Stewart for the Weald Action Group

Climate Change mitigation and the planning process

This article by Vicki Elcoate first appeared in e-law, the journal of the UK Environmental Law Association, in February 2021.

This briefing from the Weald Action Group shows that the need for hydrogen to meet the UK’s zero-carbon target does not justify the expansion of the onshore oil and gas industry.

Briefing by the Weald Action Group which counters misinformation from the oil industry

Executive Summary of the Weald Action Group briefing Why we don't need more onshore oil in the UK

Zero Carbon Britain: Rising to the Climate Emergency

This report, published by the Centre for Alternative Technology in 2019, shows how the UK could cut greenhouse gas emissions to net zero using only proven technology, and so do its part in addressing the climate emergency.

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A paper by Grant Hocking of US firm GeoSierra, which postulates a probably direct link between activities at the Horse Hill well, HH-1, and the 2018 earthquakes
A briefing by specialists in Structural and Petroleum Geology at the Edinburgh University School of GeoSciences on the earthquakes that occurred in the Weald in 2018 and the possible links with oil exploration and production

Peaceful protest
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The Battle for Leith Hill

This handbook by former MEP Keith Taylor outlines lessons learned from the (so far) successful campaign to protect Leith Hill from oil and gas drilling. It includes contributions from the Leith Hill Action Group, A Voice for Leith Hill, the Leith Hill Protection Camp and

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This study by emeritus Professor David Smythe found that regulation of the UK onshore shale industry is “lax, fragmented and frequently incompetent”.

Far From Gold Standard: The Flawed Regulatory System for Onshore Oil and Gas

Former MEP Keith Taylor set out to test claims that the UK's oil and gas regulations are “among the most robust and stringent in the world.” This report is a shocking catalogue of failings and breaches, showing that oil and gas firms are regularly breaching the conditions placed on them, with little consequence.

Other issues
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