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The south east region is primarily threatened by the potential for shale oil and gas extraction in the Weald & Wessex basins. Licences for coalbed methane (CBM) in East Kent and Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) in the Thames Estuary have been relinquished and the current activity is further west in Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire. In particular the British Geological Survey (BGS) and a company called UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) have highlighted the potential to extract shale/tight oil at sites across the Weald Basin.

For communities living in the Weald, the tight/shale oil threat is similar to that posed by other forms of fracking. All unconventional fossil fuels require much greater amounts of extraction effort, with massively increased environmental and social impacts. Tight/shale oil is trapped within low permeability rocks through which it cannot easily flow, so densely packed horizontal wells & stimulation (e.g. hydraulic fracturing) are required to extract the oil. Tight oil areas like the Bakken & Eagle Ford Shale in the US have been industrialised in a few short years by the drilling of thousands of wells, HGV’s, new pipelines and waste sites.

This threat is uniting communities across the South East to fight for their future. There are sites with activity and new planning applications at: Horse Hill, Leith Hill, Brockham, Markwells Wood, Broadford Bridge & Balcombe.

See Fracking The Weald: The Growing Tight Oil Threat for more details.

If you would like to take action or form a group in your area you can order a pack of guides and publicity, just email: outreach@frack-off.org

 

Planning Applications

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Licensee Location Type Stage Activity Planning ID Submitted Decision Status Consultation
Angus EnergyBrockham Well SiteShale (Drilled)ExplorationActive2007/044316/01/200718/06/2007GrantedClosed
UKOGMarkwells WoodShale (Proposed)ExplorationNoneSDNP/16/04679/CM20/09/2016TBAApplicationOBJECTION GUIDANCE
Europa Oil & GasBury Hill Wood (Leith Hill)Shale (Granted)ExplorationNone2008/016909/12/200811/03/2009GrantedClosed
Europa Oil & GasBury Hill Wood (Leith Hill)Shale (Granted)ExplorationNoneAPP/B3600/A/11/216656117/07/201409/12/2014GrantedClosed
Europa Oil & GasBury Hill Wood (Leith Hill)Shale (Granted)ExplorationNone2014/008214/05/201422/04/2015GrantedClosed
Europa Oil & GasBury Hill Wood (Leith Hill)Shale (Granted)ExplorationNone2016/017027/09/201628/10/2016ApplicationClosed
Horse Hill DevelopmentsLand off Horse HillShale (Drilled)ExplorationEmptyRE10/208915/10/201021/01/2011GrantedClosed
Horse Hill DevelopmentsLand off Horse HillShale (Drilled)ExplorationEmpty2016/018914/10/2016TBAApplicationOBJECT NOW
UK Oil and Gas Investments (UKOG)Wood Barn FarmShale (Granted)ExplorationDrillingWSCC/052/12/WC20/07/201210/08/2012GrantedClosed
Cuadrilla ResourcesLower Stumble Hydrocarbon Exploration SiteShale (Drilled)AppraisalEmptyWSCC/027/10/BA25/01/201015/02/2010ExpiredClosed
Cuadrilla ResourcesLower Stumble Hydrocarbon Exploration SiteShale (Drilled)AppraisalEmptyWSCC/005/14/BA21/01/201413/03/2014ExpiredClosed

Environmental Permits

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Licensee Location Type Stage Activity Permit ID Comments open Comments deadline Status Consultation
Angus EnergyBrockham Well SiteShale (Drilled)ExplorationActiveSR2015 No115/11/201615/12/2016GrantedClosed
Europa Oil & GasBury Hill Wood (Leith Hill)Shale (Granted)ExplorationNoneEPR/YP3735YK/A001EPR/EB3594DF/A00106/04/201716/05/2017ApplicationClosed
Horse Hill DevelopmentsLand off Horse HillShale (Drilled)ExplorationEmptyEPR/BB3691NN/A00110/09/201417/10/2014GrantedClosed
UK Oil and Gas Investments (UKOG)Wood Barn FarmShale (Granted)ExplorationDrillingEPR/AB3806CG/A00130/04/201430/05/2014GrantedClosed
UK Oil and Gas Investments (UKOG)Wood Barn FarmShale (Granted)ExplorationDrillingEPR/AB 3806 CG13/01/201713/04/2017ApplicationClosed
Cuadrilla ResourcesLower Stumble Hydrocarbon Exploration SiteShale (Drilled)AppraisalEmptyEPR/PB3439DP/A00113/07/201313/08/2013GrantedClosed
Cuadrilla ResourcesLower Stumble Hydrocarbon Exploration SiteShale (Drilled)AppraisalEmptyEPR/AB3307XD/A00116/07/201316/08/2013GrantedClosed
Cuadrilla ResourcesLower Stumble Hydrocarbon Exploration SiteShale (Drilled)AppraisalEmptyEPR/AB3307XD/A001/VAR24/03/201725/04/2017ApplicationClosed