Keep Kirdford and Wisborough 'Green'

Broadford Bridge

UKOG is planning to bring in a drill to explore for oil “in spring” at Broadford Bridge,  Adversane, West Sussex.  However, KKWG argues that these are new plans requiring a fresh planning application because the exploration target has changed.  This week KKWG wrote to the County Council Planning Dept saying plans by UK Oil & Gas to drill a well at the Wood Barn Farm site differ considerably from those which were granted consent 4 years ago.

 Celtique Energie, CE, the former operator of the site, wanted to explore the Triassic sandstone reservoir for gas and specified that this would involve conventional drilling i.e. the company “guaranteed that it would not be using hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on this well”. Permission with 23 conditions was given by WSCC in February 2013.

 In June 2016, CE sold its Petroleum Exploration Development License, PEDL 234, to UK Oil and Gas Investments plc.  A subsidiary of UKOG now wants to explore for tight oil at Broadford Bridge which requires a different technique, one which is regarded as “unconventional”.  In the letter to WSCC planning Dept, KKWG Chair Dr Sutcliffe said Condition 3 (drawn up by WSCC) attached to the original planning permission requires that the development be carried out in accordance with the Environmental Statement, ES. This proposed conventional drilling to target the Sherwood Sandstone formation and made no mention of transporting or storing acid at the site.  Local residents consider that this is a sufficient and significant material consideration requiring a new application to be submitted by UKOG and which would involve public consultation.

 Keep Billingshurst Frack Free, KBFF group plans to hold a series of events.  They meet next to the Blacksmiths Arms on the corner of Adversane Lane on Saturday afternoons from 2-4 pm to draw attention to the site.  Look out for posters and local press covering any new developments, protests and they intend to hold a public meeting next month at Billingshurst Community Centre, hosted by Sue Jameson, with a panel of experts answering questions on the development of oil and gas in the area

 Jill Sutcliffe, Chair KKWG