Four Lessons From the U.S. for Countries About to be Fracked:

1. Fracking Companies have Systematically Run Over Communities in the U.S.

2. Fracking Contaminates Water and Water Wells and Can Suck Entire Towns Dry.

3. In Spite of Industry Claims, They Can’t Predict Exactly What Will Happen Underground During Fracking.

4. Fracking Leaks Methane and Other Dangerous Chemicals Into the Atmosphere at Alarming Rates.

Objection Guidelines to Env Agency re Broadford Bridge, nr Billingshurst


Please object to the Environment Agency planning variation request by Kimmeridge Oil and Gas Limited (KOGL), subsidiary of UK Oil and Gas, license holders of Broadford Bridge site, Adversane Lane, RH14 9EB.

BY APRIL 13TH - please write a short letter of objection, just a paragraph or two, including your name and address, to KOGL’s permit variation to acidise the well at the Broadford Bridge site. Have a look at other responses already on the site as examples.  If you don’t want your name and address made public be sure to state that in your response.

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Kimmeridge Oil and Gas Ltd, subsidiary of UKOG – the company that is planning to EXPLORE for oil has applied to the Environment Agency (EA) for a variation on their environment permit for their Broadford Bridge site, West Sussex.

Originally planning permission was given to the PEDL 234 predecessor, Celtique Energie in Feb 2013 and that company gave local Planning Department, Parish and District Councils assurance that:

 “…..Celtique Energie Weald Ltd would use conventional rather than unconventional drilling methods at this site should planning permission be granted.

“The target reservoir for Celtique Energie’s well at Broadford Bridge is (was) the Triassic sandstone.  This is a conventional (non-shale) reservoir anticipated to contain gas, and the rock is sufficiently permeable that gas should flow naturally into the well from the reservoir when produced.  Therefore Celtique Energie can guarantee that it will not be using hydraulic fracturing on this well.”    Letter sent to WSCC Planning Dept, 5/10/2012):

What’s changed?

KOGL plan to target 'tight oil', an UNCONVENTIONAL resource in the Kimmeridge limestone using a different UNCONVENTIONAL method – ACIDISATION – with less pressure but with other impacts, which haven’t been assessed

We only learned this from UKOG accounts in February 2017 where they said: “Our prime focus is upon a new type of oil deposit within Kimmeridge Limestone rocks which we are pushing towards commercial production…

“UKOG's overall exploration and appraisal strategy is geared towards oil extraction from previously unrecognised naturally-fractured rocks within the Weald and the Purbeck-Wight Basins of southern England…”

“Importantly, the licence acquisition included the existing Broadford Bridge well pad, planning permission and EA consent to drill the Broadford Bridge-1 ("BB-1") exploratory well. 

“The BB-1 well, planned for Q2 2017, will be a deviated or "slant" well, designed to penetrate the entire Kimmeridge section, targeting the four naturally-fractured Kimmeridge Limestones (KL1-KL4) to confirm that KL oil is contained within a resource or continuous oil deposit.”

Our concerns are:

  • Chemical use is greater in acidisation than in hydraulic fracking.
  • Solid and liquid waste will be toxic, highly saline and radioactive, a risk to groundwater, surface water and soil should accidents occur.
  • The EA Midlands office stated that there are no suitable disposal facilities in southern England.
  • The risk of spills and other accidents.
  • Wells may be acidised repeatedly and there is little research on the subject of repeated acidisation. The cumulative effect on our environment and human health
  • Lack of public consultation.
  • Absence of discussion of these issues in the Environmental Statement originally submitted by Celtique Energie.

Lack of information provided:

FAULTS: The Weald is very faulted. Faults are complex and unpredictable in their hydrogeological behaviour and should be regarded as leaky.  The site is situated near a fault which could take liquids to the River Arun.

SUBSURFACE KNOWLEDGE: Natural Environment Research Council is setting up a research project The Energy Security and Innovation Observing System for the Subsurface (ESIOS) capital project. “The research aims to understand how the underground environment could respond to disturbance caused […]by unconventional oil and gas” “there isan urgent need for an improved evidence base to inform decision making by government, industry and civil society”.  It will start early 2017.  So, still no answers to all those sub-surface issues.

Sounds like KOGL is trying to pull the wool over people’s eyes!

Help us object to these proposed changes by filling in the forms here: