Fracking Company Drilling For Kimmeridge Shale Oil In Billingshurst
A drilling rig targeting shale/tight oil has been moved onto the Broadford Bridge site near in Billingshurst, West Sussex, threatening not only the local community but the whole of the Weald. Fracking company UK Oil and Gas Investments (UKOG) is planning to drill a test well at the site into the Kimmeridge Clay shale formation. Exploitation of tight oil would mean drilling hundreds or thousands of wells across large areas of Sussex and Surrey.
The local community is mobilising to resist this threat but needs support. These developments are part of a plan to frack the Weald, coating a large part of Sussex and Surrey, in thousands of wells at typical densities of 4-8 wells per square mile. The companies presently involved do not have the billions needed for this however, and are currently involved in gathering data to facilitate such investment. If this creeping test drilling is not vigorously resisted the consequences for communities across Sussex and Surrey will be dire. The address of the site is Adversane Lane, West Chiltington, Billingshurst, West Sussex RH14 9EB. Please come down to the site if you can.
UKOG plans to drill a test well into the Kimmeridge Clay shale formation which has previously been targeted at Balcombe, Horse Hill and Brockham. The Kimmeridge Clay shale layer is the main unconventional oil target in the Weald Basin, but the deeper Lias shale is also a potential target for exploitation.
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 we can help with a pack of guides and publicity, just email: firstname.lastname@example.org. See below for a video outlining the tight oil threat in this region: