Keep Kirdford and Wisborough ‘Green’

Jul 31, 2017 | Local Concerns

Broadford Bridge Exploratory Drilling Site, Adversane …..

On 7 July, the Environment Agency, EA, approved a variation to the environmental permit applied for by UKOG/KOGL regarding its drilling site at Broadford Bridge, Adversane to the south of Billingshurst.  This permit has been approved in spite of evidence put by the Council for the Protection of Rural England, CPRE,  drawn up by a former EA staff member of some 30 years’ standing. Graham Warren not only identified a fault near the drill site but demonstrates how liquids and chemicals used on site could reach the public water supply at Hardham on the River Arun.  Essentially the variation represents a complete change in target, in technology and in impacts.  KKWG wrote to WSCC planning department to request that the Council insist that the company submit a new planning application accompanied by public consultation.  WSCC did not do this, although according to EU Regulations, they should have done and extended the Environmental Impact Assessment to cover the new information submitted by the company.

In addition, the original planning permission given to the company Celtique Energie  was given by West Sussex County Council, WSCC, in February 2013 along with 23 Conditions.  No 2 specified that the project would be “temporary” lasting three years from when work began.  Construction of the drilling pad started on 15 September 2014 and is thus due to finish this autumn. However, the company which purchased the Petroleum Exploratory Development License No 234, in June 2016, believes they might miss the deadline by 4 to 6 weeks in order to complete flow-testing and complete restoration of the site. They have therefore applied to WSCC to extend their time on site.  The application is available for public consultation for 3 weeks from 12 July to 10 August.  This will give the local community only its second opportunity – the first chance was 5 years ago – to comment.

Any comment will need to include the Planning Reference WSCC/029/17/WC, your name and address plus what you’d like to say!  For help on objecting and more information email: BBactiongroup@gmx.co.uk or go to: www.facebook.com/broadfordbridgeaction

Contact: Jill Sutcliffe, Chair KKWG
01403 700395 or jillsutcliffe1@gmail.com