Eagle Radio

www.964eagle.co.uk

Rita Ora: AnywhereiTunesAmazon

Visit the 1st Place Skip Hire website
Visit the 1st Place Skip Hire website

Britelite Windows

Eagle Radio News

Contact the News Team:
Tel: 01483 300 964

Fear and confusion over oil drilling in Surrey greenbelt

oil drilling

7:01am 26th March 2017
(Updated 10:57pm 26th March 2017)

There's fear and confusion in Mole Valley as an oil firm starts drilling in greenbelt land, apparently without permission.

Surrey County Council has told Eagle that Angus Energy drilled a well in Brockham, contrary to advice and guidance.

In a statement, the council said: "We were extremely disappointed to find out that Angus Energy has acted without planning permission and contrary to our advice and guidance so we are currently in discussions with them as a matter of urgency to resolve this."

However, Angus Energy has hit back saying no breach has occurred and that no new well was drilled.

An FAQ page on the oil and gas development company's website covers 'stories in the media about Brockham'.

In response to the council's statement, it said: "As the Council said, “we are in discussions”, they have not stated any planning harm has actually occurred."

The page goes on to say: "We stand by our statement no breach has occurred.

"We immediately met with the SCC as we value our working relationship and continue to work with the Council on all relevant matters.

"We firmly believe we have acted in a professional and correct manner and followed all permissions and guidelines from the OGA, EA, HSE and the SCC. Naturally we will continue to do so.

"No new well was drilled."

There has been uproar in the local community though, and in nearby village Coldharbour in Leith Hill where oil drilling could start in the future.

Ada is from the Brockham Oil Watch group and tells Eagle: "I find it very disturbing.

"The local people have alerted the council to some of the signs that we've noticed.

"The council did send a visitor to the site and they didn't pick up on anything, I think there are questions about the level of enforcement and capabilities of the council to enforce the conditions of the planning permissions.

"My fear is that it's not conventional, that there is going to be a lot of drilling, a lot of horizontal wells and stimulation being used which is not properly regulated in the UK."

Oil drilling has not yet started at Coldharbour in Leith Hill, however local residents are concerned about this too.

Some people have set up a camp at the potential site in the area, with a number of anti-oil drilling signs and banners.

Site

Max Rosenburg lives in Coldharbour and is part of the Leith Hill Action Group Committee.

He tells Eagle: "There is much concern around here regarding this particular exploration at Leith Hill.

"But more importantly perhaps, Surrey is currently a major target for the hydrocarbon industry regarding exploration and extraction.

"Most of the sites are areas of outstanding natural beauty which must be given the highest level of protection and also greenbelt.

"In my experience over the past eight years, Surrey County Council must exercise a far more critical and in depth scrutiny of all the applications and conditions they receive from the developers, otherwise we're going to have more and more mistake as we've had in the last four or five years.

"We are very concerned about the damage that can be done to the protected species up here including badgers, door mice and six different species of birds."

Site

Mary also lives in Coldharbour and says she has big worries: "I'm seriously concerned and petrified about what's going on, the pollution of our air, water and land, mass industrialisation of the whole of the weald, there are faults all the way through Leith Hill, we need to save this.

"Please please, get writing to your MPs, the law needs to change.

"We've seen what's happened in Brockham, we need the law changed so that they're not monitoring their own water and their own hazardous chemicals."

 

Contact Us

If you would like to submit a query or provide more information on this story please get in touch below.

: : Name: Email: Phone number: Message: Images:
Please wait...
  • Up to 3 JPG or PNG images, 2MB max size
  • We will always endeavour to credit you when we publish your pictures.
  • By uploading you are agreeing to this non-exclusive reuse, royalty-free, across all Eagle Radio platforms, which extends to our partner broadcasters.
  • You retain copyright to all images.
  • If you would like to send us a video, please upload to YouTube or similar and paste the video URL into the message above.

Share This Story

Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles
bus stop 2

Surrey Council keep Epsom and Ashford Hospital bus services running

The 166 and 216 buses will continue to serve the hospitals.

burglar

Pair charged on suspicion of 17 Surrey burglaries

They are also believed to be behind a further 20 across 10 other counties.

Most read
Darren Thomas Beckett

Man banned from nearly every Sainsbury's in Surrey

That's on top of six other retailers too...

Sonny Lucas

Wanted man has links to Guildford and Woking

Lucas was released from prison on Friday.

Newer article
Older article

Missing 10 year-old Epsom boy found safe and well

Surrey and Hampshire News: Surrey Police has thanked everyone involved in finding him.

Top articles

How church steeples boost wifi connectivity in rural communities

UK News: Rural communities with little or no wireless internet are getting an unlikely boost from churches hosting satellite dishes.

BAFTAs: Stars' letter calls for end to sexual harassment ahead of award ceremony

Showbiz: Emma Watson, Emilia Clarke and Jodie Whittaker are among those demanding an end to sexual harassment ahead of tonight's BAFTAs.

Flames pick up their first win over Sheffield Steelers

Surrey and Hampshire Sport: The 4-2 result included a hat trick from Ian Watters.

Team GB lose to Sweden in controversial curling match at Winter Olympics

Sport: Great Britain's women curlers controversially lost to Sweden after skip Eve Muirhead was penalised for releasing the final stone too late.

You're never too old for romance....

Surrey and Hampshire News: Camberley over 65s invited to Valentines date night!

Iran plane crash kills all 66 people on board

World News: A plane crash in southern Iran has killed all 66 people on board, according to a spokesman for Aseman Airlines.

British film industry at a defining point in its history

Business News: As the British film industry prepares for its biggest celebration of the year, it finds itself at a defining point in its history according to some of the leading voices in UK movie-making.

Drug deaths surge in Surrey and Hampshire

Surrey and Hampshire News: More than half of all deaths involved an opiate like heroin or morphine.

Guildford Flames make more roster changes

Surrey and Hampshire Sport: The Guildford Flames ice hockey club have released 25 year old Defenceman Rasmus Edström

Warning over iTunes voucher scam in Fleet and Bordon

Surrey and Hampshire News: The suspects often pose as BT or payday loan providers.

Snow and ice warning for parts of Surrey

Surrey and Hampshire News: The Met Office yellow weather warning is in place until 10am today.

How Many Eurovision Winners Can You Name?

Quiz: Ahead of tonight's Eurovision Song Contest, how many past winners can you and your family name?

Surrey crash: Cyclist seriously injured

Surrey and Hampshire News: It happened on the A30 in Egham yesterday (February 1).

5 Stunning Wedding Dress Trends In 2018

Sponsored: We've partnered with Home Counties Wedding Fairs to bring you the best wedding trends of the year.