Your air. Your water. Your land. Their profit.


Risk to water supply

Drilling through aquifer – Sutton & East Surrey Water objected on grounds of “risk to water supply” (BBC News)

Risk of serious air pollution

Gas flaring “permitted between 7am and 7.30pm except in an emergency”

Irreparable damage to ancient sunken lane

Coldharbour Lane is hundreds of years old, near unique and only 3.8 metres wide in places – a recent survey shows landmark trees at risk

Traffic chaos & Road Safety

Over 1,000+ HGV movements up and down Coldharbour Lane, including a massive self-propelled oil rig 19 metres long and 60 tonnes crane. Safety concerns for cyclists, mountain bikers, walkers and joggers

Wired-off compound on public land

3 metre high security fencing around C. one hectare of natural forest woodland supporting threatened species of flora and fauna – the area will be clear felled

35 metre high massive oil rig

Nearly twice the height of Leith Hill Tower, it is so tall it needs an aircraft warning light and 24 hour floodlit compound

Desecrating your AONB & Green Belt

Proposed drill site in Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a place of great landscape heritage in the Green Belt. The impacts of the development could not be wholly reversed – it’s estimated it would take 25 years to replicate the appearance of the site.

Red List species on site

Birds that frequent the site are on the RSPB Red List as globally threatened with severe decline (up to 50%) in UK breeding population and loss of range in last 25 years

Local democracy overruled

A sustained community campaign won a public inquiry in 2012 but was overthrown in 2014 by a High Court ruling in favour of drilling “in the national interest”

Exploratory drilling or full scale production?

Planning permission to date is for exploratory drilling but the oil company refuse to rule out full scale production

Method of extraction

Conventional drilling may give way to novel extraction methods through ‘acidisation’ – toxic chemicals pumped deep into the earth to loosen the so-called ‘tight’ oil

Mass industrialisation of the Weald

Referring to ‘tight oil’, Stephen Sanderson, CEO of UK Oil & Gas Investments (UKOG) says “This type of oil deposit very much depends on being able to drill your wells almost back to back so it becomes very much like an industrialised process”

Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Oil Production

Other sites in planning, preparation or production include Brockham (website), Horsehill (link), Albury, Broadford Bridge, Palmer’s Wood (Godstone), King’s Farm (South Godstone), and others.

Negative impact on property prices

“There is no compelling need for oil site in Surrey Hills” public inquiry told.

This need not happen but we need your help…


Media Evidence Links

BBC News

Leith Hill drilling poses ‘risk to water supply’, claims water firm

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Drill or Drop

Oil company refuses to rule out production from proposed Leith Hill exploration site

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“It would be difficult to find a more unsuitable and inappropriate site for such a development”, Surrey oil drilling inquiry hears.”

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“No compelling need for oil site in Surrey Hills, inquiry told”

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“Restoration of Leith Hill oil drilling site would take 25 years”

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CEO Interview: Game changer for UKOG, the Weald Basin, and the UK oil and gas industry

See 11:37 for the Sanderson “back to back” quote.

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Surrey Life

The battle for Leith Hill – oil exploration in the Surrey Hills

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Leith Hill Action Group

LHAG have been campaigning for several years using the legal and planning processes and their website is comprehensive on the story so far.

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