Monthly News Archive 2020

December 2020


Highways objection dropped on UKOG’s Isle of Wight drilling plans – new consultation begins in 2021

Breaking: Surrey campaigner loses legal fight over climate effects of 20-years of oil production at Horse Hill

UKOG to appeal against refusal of Loxley gas exploration plans


BBC News - Climate change: UK to end aid for fossil fuel projects abroad

UKOG seeks three more Turkish licences

Government Advisor Warns Oil and Gas Companies to be realistic about the future


UK sets ambitious new climate target ahead of UN Summit


Horse Hill oil production up slightly – but so are waste water and gas



November 2020

Charges dropped against Horse Hill protesters


Breaking: UKOG’s Dunsfold drilling plans refused for second time – live news updates


Campaigner takes council to court over Horse Hill oil production – day 1 judicial review

Picture post: Vigil at Horse Hill

Oil court case challenges future big carbon developments

“Hydrogen no justification for oil and gas expansion” – new paper

Test underway on Horse Hill well

Rig leaves Horse Hill after well intervention

Industry evidence on earthquakes “insufficient” to lift year-long fracking moratorium – regulator

Production slide continues at Horse Hill

October  2020

Traffic arrangements approved for Horse Hill drilling and oil production scheme


UKOG gives up Surrey Hills oil exploration licence


Report challenges industry arguments for UK onshore oil


UKOG moves site access for Arreton oil drilling


“Substantial losses” at Horse Hill


Online art sale to raise money for legal challenge to oil drilling


Judge dismisses challenge on decommissioning costs of Third Energy wells


Slow walk protest over oil production at Horse Hill

Oil flow work begins at Horse Hill as production figures fall again


Picture post: Gran’s 100-mile fundraiser aims for £5,000



September  2020


Our Letter to IWC Full Council & Planning Officers Re- Comments


Minister tells anti-fracking MPs to “accept victory”


“Woefully inadequate” regulation of UK onshore oil and gas risks environmental damage – new study


World Leaders Pledge to Reverse Biodiversity Loss by 2030 for Sustainable Development.


Surrey campaigner takes on national planning policy in legal climate challenge


UK’s second biggest onshore gas field predicted by UKOG in Surrey


From the Weald to Turkey – UKOG’s name trail


UK climate assembly rejects fossil fuels and CCS

Climate change “lightship” passes Horse Hill oil site

Horse Hill oil production falls – latest UKOG data

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March 2020


Planners oppose oil test plans at Balcombe: “not in public interest” and “not appropriate to area

Campaigners ask court to scrap UKOG injunction against oil and gas protests

Study: global banks 'failing miserably' on climate crisis by funneling trillions into fossil fuels

UKOG announces OGA production consent for Horse Hill oil site

UKOG drops second access plan for Dunsfold well site

Cuadrilla breaches pollution rules again

Penalise carbon polluters in oil and gas industry – anti-fracking campaigners

Campaigners challenge judge’s block to judicial review of Surrey oil production

UK government lifts block on new onshore windfarm subsidies.

EU member states call for 2030 climate target

Heathrow Expansion Blocked By Court Of Appeal - Victory for Climate Protesters

Regulator objects to second oil plan over failure to assess risk to water


February 2020

Government lets fracking companies drill exploratory wells despite ban on extracting shale gas



Fracking giant Cuadrilla has agreement with university academics to vet earthquake data requests




Methane emissions from oil and gas industry “vastly  underestimated” – new study



Fracking moratorium minister fired in reshuffle



Impact of burning Horse Hill oil was not council’s concern, says judge

Balcombe villagers accuse Angus Energy of “cutting corners” on environmental protection

UK taxpayers funding African fossil fuel projects worth $750m

Court date in challenge to approval of Horse Hill oil production

Dunsfold drilling decision delayed again


January 2020

Government statement confirms fracking is still allowed under moratorium – campaigners



Angus to seek Brockham licence extension – plus Saltfleetby update

IGas seeks consent to continue reinjecting radioactive waste at
Singleton oil site

Activists warn of ‘fracking by stealth’ and call for acid fracking ban

Baroness introduces bill to ban fracking and hydrocarbon licensing

Breaking: Egdon wins appeal on Wressle oil production

What would it take to end fracking moratorium?, peers told

Third Energy “forgiven” £80m loan before sale, accounts reveal


“UK politics currently too uncertain for fracking” – Third Energy

Egdon faces joint threat of fracking moratorium, delays and low gas prices

2019 – disappointing year for many onshore oil and gas investors