Communities Respond To Growing Fracking Threat In The Weald
Saturday in Billingshurst, West Sussex saw the community rally against the fracking threat to their village and the Weald. Fracking company UK Oil and Gas Investments (UKOG) is planning to drill a test well at Broadford Bridge near Billingshurst 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.
Activity in preparation for drilling is taking place on the site at Broadford Bridge, and 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.