Residents uncover regulatory loophole at Surrey oil site

Brockham Oil Watch uncovered the regulatory gap when it put a series of questions about its local drilling site to the Environment Agency. During the correspondence, it emerged that the site at Brockham near Dorking, operated by Angus Energy, was still using an old-style environmental permit.

Despite frequent government claims that the UK has a world class regulatory system, the EA said that under the old environmental permits, operators were not required to collect or maintain details on well stimulation or fluid reinjection.

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