Group to challenge Sussex licence extension in the courts

A community group has given notice that it is planning a legal challenge to the extension of an oil and gas exploration licence in West Sussex.

Keep Kirdford and Wisborough Green, which successfully opposed plans for exploratory drilling by Celtique Energie in 2014, has sent a legal letter to the Oil and Gas Authority, the organisation responsible for licences.

The letter argues that the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) breached regulations when it granted an extension of two years to the initial term of Petroleum Exploration and Development Licence PEDL234.

The group is seeking a judicial review of the decision and is calling for the extension to be quashed.

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New bid for 20 years of oil production in South Downs National Park due soon

As expected, the company behind the so-called Gatwick Gusher oil well in Surrey, has confirmed it is preparing to submit a planning application for oil production in the South Downs National Park.                                       UK Oil & Gas Investments PLC has put up legal notices (see above) around its wellsite at Markwells Wood in West Sussex alerting people that a planning application will be submitted to the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA).                                                                                       The application is described as “appraisal and production of oil for a 20-year period” at the site at Forestside, near Rowlands Castle.


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Fracking companies urged to limit number of well sites to reassure residents


Two Conservative MPs from shale gas areas have called for an upper limit on the number of fracking sites in exploration licence blocks.

Speaking at a meeting at Westminster, Mark Menzies (pictured left) and Kevin Hollinrake pressed fracking companies to estimate how many sites they would need in a 10km square.

They were taking evidence at a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on shale gas regulation and planning.

Fracking companies urged to limit number of well sites to reassure residents

Minister avoids questions on acceptable level of fracking emissions

baroness-neville-rolfe-160906A government energy minister has declined to give details of the acceptable level of fugitive emissions from fracking wells in the UK.

Speaking this afternoon in the House of Lords, Baroness Neville-Rolfe (pictured left) avoided giving direct answers to three different peers. She said it was a matter for experts and it would be decided on a site-by-site basis. Finally, she agreed to write to the House on what advice the government had received.

The issue of fugitive methane emissions from shale gas wells was a key concern of the government’s adviser, the Committee on Climate Change.

It said in a report delivered in March that shale gas development was inconsistent with UK carbon budgets unless three tests were met. The tests included strict limits on leaks during well development, production and decommissioning.

Minister avoids questions on acceptable level of fracking emissions





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