Angus accused of betraying trust and misleading councillors over Brockham oil site.
Brockham oil site in winter 2016/2017. Photo: Brockham Protection Camp
The oil company, Angus Energy, faced criticism this morning from county councillors in Surrey over its operations at the Brockham oil site near Dorking.
The company was accused at a meeting of the council’s planning committee of confused communication, betrayal of trust and misleading statements.
The comments centred on a sidetrack well drilled in January 2017.
At the time, Angus said it was carrying out maintenance work on the existing wells at Brockham. But it later said it had drilled a new sidetrack and that this, along with future production from it, was covered by an existing planning consent.
The council refutes this. In a recent letter to the Oil and Gas Authority, planners have confirmed that both drilling and production from the new well need new permissions (DrillOrDrop report).