Nine Horse Hill Anti-Fracking Protesters Cleared – Judge Regrets Arrests!!!
A judge who acquitted nine anti-fracking campaigners following protests outside the Horse Hill oil well near Gatwick said he was concerned about the deteriorating relationship between police and protesters.
The trial, which lasted all week, concerned a series of protests during February and March this year when flow testing was being carried out at Horse Hill exploration site. The court heard evidence that protesters walked in front of trucks delivering to the site and leaving.
Fracking company UK Oil and Gas Investments (UKOG) have a large stake in the Horse Hill well and also have a stake in the nearby planned Holmwood-1 well at the site which also intends to explore the Kimmeridge Clay for shale oil. UKOG announced a few days ago that it had just done a deal with Celtique Energie and Magellan to acquire 100% of PEDL234. This gives it control of a site with planning permission and permits at Broadford Bridge.
UKOG now have control of at least three sites and are threatening to drill thousands of wells across the Weald.
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