Extend fracking ban to Surrey oil sites – Surrey Greens’ demand to regulators

The Government announcement that fracking is being suspended misses out the huge expansion of oil and gas production using unconventional techniques in the South East.

Green Surrey County Councillor Jonathan Essex said: “The ban needs to be extended to the unconventional oil and gas extraction methods used in the Weald, which carry the same earthquake risks and other risks from methods involving acid stimulation.

“In Surrey the County cuncil has just approved a huge expansion of oil production at Horse Hill, which has been linked to earthquakes, even though the regulator doesn’t recognise a link.

“I gave evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Group on the impact of shale gas earlier this year about how activities at Horse Hill had been ignored in assessing the cause of the Surrey swarm of earthquakes. The quakes are affecting a wide area, have damaged property, and are making many people very anxious. There was another one just yesterday.

“And as well as earthquake risks, the government needs to act on climate risk – which means leaving all fossil fuels in the ground. They need to listen to the climate science as well as geologists. It’s time for a move away from fossil fuels and a switch to renewable energy, not a kick-start for a new oil industry in the Weald”.

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