Legal Observer Training: 26 November 2016

Green and Black Cross and the Network for Police Monitoring (Netpol) are offering free legal observer training top activists from  across South East England.

The free half-day training event takes place in Horsham on Saturday 26 November.

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Please object to new proposals for Leith Hill

Europa Oil and Gas has applied for planning permission for a double line of security fencing and facilities for guards at its oil exploration site near Leith Hill.

The company’s proposals to drill and test for oil at the site were approved by a Planning Inspector last year, following a lengthy planning dispute.

The company now says it needs extra security to protect the site from protesters. It says Without adequate security arrangements protestor activity could potentially introduce delays to the allocated 18-week timescale to undertake the required exploratory works at the Site and could also create safety issues.”

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Petition against oil drilling in Surrey heard at County Hall

On Monday morning, 10 October, concerned Surrey residents gathered at County Hall, Kingston, to attend a petition hearing, calling for a stop of all unconventional and invasive drilling in Surrey.

Mr John Nolan, founder of the campaigning group ‘SURREY AGAINST FRACKING’ submitted the petition which had been handed in along with substantive additional material about the proven dangers of unconventional drilling to the environment and people’s health in the UK. In total over 60 pages of evidence had been submitted individually to councillors and all MPs in Surrey.

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Horse Hill planning application due on 14 October

planningnoticeHorse Hill Developments Ltd expects to submit the planning application for the next stage of drilling at Horse Hill on 14 October, according to notices which have appeared at the site.

This will be for further flow testing of the existing borehole and the drilling of a horizontal sidetrack well; drilling and flow testing of a second borehole; fencing, gates, and modifications to the internal access road; and installation of plant, building and equipment.

Horse Hill Developments Ltd held a public information event in July to tell local residents about their plans for further oil flow testing at Horse Hill. Read more about what they said here:


Surrey Pension Fund in ‘very significant deficit’ – urged to change course

Press release from DivestSurrey:

The 75,000 residents of Surrey, who hold a pension managed under the Surrey Pension Fund may be concerned to know that the £2.8 billion fund is in “very significant deficit” as revealed by Cllr Hazel Watson, a SPF committee member [1].

Steve McDonald from DivestSurrey, a campaign launched to persuade the pension fund to divest from global warming fossil fuels said,

“As Surrey residents we want the pension to fund to provide both solid returns for pensioners and a sustainable future for the community.

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No Drilling in the Weald: Skill-sharing meeting 16 October 2016

Campaigners from Surrey and Sussex are holding a meeting and skills workshops for anti-fossil fuel groups and environmental activists across the South East.

The world’s existing coal mines and oil and gas fields contain enough carbon to push the world beyond the threshold for catastrophic climate change, and there is simply no justification in searching for more fossil fuels. They must be left in the ground.

This meeting is an opportunity to share ideas, put a strategy in place for each area threatened with oil or gas drilling across the Weald, and to support each other.

It’s also a chance to link up anti-fracking campaigns with those focusing on community renewables, divestment, and conventional oil and gas.

The event is free but places are limited so booking is required.

Find out more and book your place on Eventbrite



Voice for Leith Hill Family Day

Leith Hill dayIf you’re free on Saturday 13 August, come along to Leith Hill Place where local artists are holding a special event to raise awareness against the planned oil drilling.

Enjoy live music, ecology talks and children’s activities while exploring the childhood home of composer Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Teas, coffees, cakes and scones will be available for a donation inside the house – or bring your own picnic to enjoy in the beautiful surroundings.

Leith Hill Place now belongs to the National Trust, which opposes the drilling and supports the picnic and ongoing art exhibition at Leith Hill Place.

The National Trust entry fee for non-members is £5 per adult and £2.50 per child – cash only.

It’s 400m walk from Leith Hill Rhododendron Wood car park RH5 6LU. For accessibility advice please see website:

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Extended well tests planned for Horse Hill

Horse Hill Developments Ltd (HHDL) held a public information event today to tell local residents about their plans for further oil flow testing at Horse Hill.

Exhibition panels gave an overview of the plans, and staff from UKOG (which has a 42% stake in HHDL) and consultants specialising in planning, transport, ecology and health and safety were on hand to answer questions (or, in some cases, refuse to).

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Public information event on Horse Hill, 21 July

Horse Hill Developments Ltd, the consortium of companies who operate the Horse Hill drill site near Horley, is holding a public information event.

Where:  Charlwood Parish Hall, Horley, Surrey, RH6 0DS

When: Thursday 21 July, 12 noon to 7.30pm

This is your chance to find out more about their plans for further test drilling at Horse Hill. You can to ask about their short- and long-terms plans for the site and the potential impacts on your property, your health, your environment and your community.

The event runs from 12 noon to 7.30pm. Drop in at any time to talk to HHDL representatives and consultants working for them.

Download the official invitation here

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Application to extract gas in AONB at July planning committee

IGas’s plans to produce gas at Albury in the Surrey Hills and remove it by tanker for 15 years will come before the Surrey County Council Planning Committee on 13 July.

Officers have recommended councillors APPROVE the plans, even though the site is in the Green Belt, the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, an Area of Great Landscape Value, a Site of Nature Conservation Importance and is ancient woodland to boot. Please write to the Planning Committee members (contact details on the Surrey County Council website) before 13 July.

Read more about it on the Drill or Drop website.

Local people and others are writing to the planning committee to ask them to refuse permission. If you’d like to write, you can see a template letter here – please adapt it to give your own views. And don’t be slow – the committee meeting is this Wednesday, 13 July.

If you want to write to the planning committee members, you will find their contact details here.