To: Environment Agency

Don't risk water pollution from oil drilling on Leith Hill

Don't risk water pollution from oil drilling on Leith Hill

We call on the Environment Agency (EA) to reject the environmental permit applications for Leith Hill in Surrey related to oil drilling. We think the potential water contamination risks are unacceptable.

The permits in question are:

1. Environmental Permit application for onshore oil and gas exploratory operations on Leith Hill (EPR/YP3735YK/A001)

2. Environmental permit application for a radioactive substances activity permit on Leith Hill (EPR/EB3594DF/A001)

3. Environmental permit for a standard rules installation permit for Leith Hill (EPR/YP3735YK/A001).

We also call on the EA to substantially extend and strengthen the water monitoring to more locations and over a longer time period.

Water is a both a vital natural resource and a heritage, which must be protected, defended and treated as such.

Why is this important?

Leith Hill and the surrounding countryside contain much groundwater of public importance: aquifers providing drinking water, springs and watercourses. The proposed deep drilling techniques will use acids and other chemicals close to this extensive water resource. Radioactive materials will also be raised from the target Jurassic strata deep underground, through faulted land, as a byproduct of the oil extraction (reference permit application 2). Air, soil, noise and light pollution are also concerns.

The proposed drill site is within an officially designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty high on the unspoilt hill.

The Environmental Permit application (for onshore oil and gas exploratory operations on Leith Hill), referenced in this petition, closed for public comment on 16 May 2017. Since then the Environment Agency (EA) has reviewed the responses and asked Europa Oil & Gas company to supply further information to support their application. The EA are currently assessing this additional information internally and provided that no further information or clarification is needed from Europa Oil & Gas they will proceed to a "Minded to issue” stage of public consultation for a minimum 20 working day period (which will include being able to view the additional information/documents that Europa Oil & Gas have submitted).

The consultation documents and responses can be viewed via the following link. Any future public consultation on these applications will also be listed through this link. We encourage you to keep an eye on this and register your opposition should it pass to the 'minded to issue' phase, which could happen any day.

If this petition gains widespread support it will not only help Leith Hill, but could also assist the wider campaign to protect groundwaters throughout The Weald (Surrey & Sussex) and in the country as a whole.

Leith Hill

Reasons for signing

  • We should be concentrating on renewable energy not destroying the world for old energy
  • We only have one Earth. We all live on it. We HAVE to look after it to look after everything including us.
  • Our country needs to be kept healthy for tourists to be attracted to it


2018-01-12 01:34:00 +0000

Breaking news: Residents claim victory in challenge over Europa’s fencing plans at Leith Hill oil site

2018-01-11 12:07:06 +0000

Here's a link to an article providing up to date information on the traffic management and site fencing situation at the proposed Leith Hill drill site. (The Environmental Permit applications still remain under consideration by the Emvironment Agency). This article provides useful information on other unresolved aspects of the same Leith Hill drilling proposal addressed by our petition.

2017-12-16 15:20:47 +0000

50,000 signatures reached

2017-12-13 15:45:59 +0000

20,000 signatures reached

2017-11-24 08:06:15 +0000

10,000 signatures reached

2017-11-23 19:04:33 +0000

5,000 signatures reached

2017-11-14 08:54:58 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2017-11-12 00:25:41 +0000

500 signatures reached

2017-11-11 08:50:51 +0000

100 signatures reached

2017-11-11 03:19:32 +0000

50 signatures reached

2017-11-10 22:47:19 +0000

25 signatures reached

2017-11-10 21:30:14 +0000

10 signatures reached