The last few days have been marked by scenes of action at Horse Hill, Surrey, where drilling equipment is in the process of being moved, possibly to a site at Billingshurst, West Sussex. The drilling operator, Horse Hill Developments Limited, has estimated that there may be as much as 20 million barrels of oil and up to £1 billion’s worth of gas. While the man behind the company, David Lenigas, has stated that there would be no fracking at the site, local residents have been concerned enough to set up a number of camps in the area and have been engaged in direct action these last several days to slow the removal of equipment.
Concerns have been amplified by contrasting statements from HHDL as to whether drilling would include the coring and logging of “shale and tight formations in the Cretaceous and Jurassic” – information that could prove very useful for unconventional development at other sites in the Weald.
The main camp at Horse Hill can be found at the junction of Horse Hill and the A217, near the Black Horse pub, RH6 0RB and all support is welcome – action is taking place now and there may be an ongoing presence here to keep watch for when equipment returns. As this could represent the beginning of test drilling sites across the region, please keep up to date with events at Frack Free Sussex, Horse Hill Protection Group and Lewes Against Fracking, this blog or http://www.frackfreesussex.co.uk/news/
There is also a very informative email update produced by Brenda Pollack of Friends of the Earth – email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to subscribe. Also please get in touch at email@example.com if you are interested in helping out with leafleting drives throughout the Wealden area or are able to donate towards sturdy shelters for winter campers.
Footage of Horse Hill can be found here:
There will be a Lewes Against Fracking meeting in the small room upstairs at the Lewes Arms on Thursday 20th November at 7pm. Please come along if you are interested in helping anti-fracking efforts throughout the region at this critical time and have any input over the direction of the group as we move forward into this next stage of activity.
Other events coming up in the area include:
Tunbridge Wells, 14th November : “If not Fracking, then What?” Organised by Tunbridge Wells United Nations Association. 7.30pm, Victoria Suite, Camden Centre, Market Sq., Tunbridge Wells.
Canterbury, 19th November: Fracking Debate, Canterbury Christ Church University. 7.30-9.30pm, Augustine House, Canterbury.
Guildford, 25th November : “Fracking : Facts, Figures and Falsehoods”. Organised by Frack Free Surrey. 7pm, Friends Meeting House. 3 Ward Street, Guildford GU14LH.