Press Reports FAQs

FAQs: Stories in the media about Brockham

1. What is the fuss about?

An Environmental Correspondent for BBC 1 – London News claimed Angus Energy ‘breached’ planning permission granted by the Surrey County Council (SCC).

2. Did you?

Of course not. We stand by our statement no breach has occurred.

We immediately met with the SCC as we value our working relationship and continue to work with the Council on all relevant matters.

3. But the Council told the BBC 1 – London News on March 9th:

“We were extremely disappointed to find out that Angus Energy has acted without planning permission and contrary to our advice and guidance so we are meeting with them this week as a matter of urgency to resolve this.”

We believe this report was deeply flawed and that it violated the BBC’s own editorial guidelines. We have now filed a complaint with the BBC.

Please note the Council did not tell BBC 1 – London News, any planning harm has actually occurred. The Council stated “we are in discussions”. The Council has not informed Angus Energy of any non-compliance or breach of planning permission.

4. Well is it true, did you act without planning permission?

No.

We firmly believe we have acted in a professional and correct manner and followed all permissions and guidelines from the OGA, EA, HSE and the SCC. Naturally we will continue to do so.

5. Did you perform work not covered in the SCC’s planning permission?

No.

We have 4 different regulators, Environmental Agency (EA), the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) and Surrey County Council (SCC) each covering their expertise provided by their remit.

The government’s guidelines make it absolutely clear that the remit of local councils covers the surface impact of the operations including matters such as noise, visual impact and traffic movements. All of our surface work was covered by our planning permission. We work with our local council on many important surface issues that rely on their expertise and requirements.

6. We heard a new well was drilled and that would have needed the SCC’s permission.

No new well was drilled.

7. I read a website that claims you ignored warnings.

The SCC’s 12 December letter cited by an environmental activist website under the freedom of information act, set out the circumstances in which a specific sidetrack needs planning permission.

The sidetrack that has been drilled doesn’t fall within these circumstances and doesn’t need planning permission according to SCC’s own criteria.

Despite having every opportunity at a number of meetings and in extensive correspondence, SCC has not identified any way in which the sidetrack causes any planning harm.

Any characterisation that Angus Energy deliberately misled its investors and the public or misunderstood clear advice is offensive, wrong and self-serving.

8. How often do you speak with the local council?

Constantly. Our meetings are as intended to resolve any misunderstanding by either party.  We communicate fully with all our regulators and relevant authorities, and we stand by our statements to the public, the SCC and our investors.

9. If it is not the SCC, who is it? What government authority is responsible for the subsurface work?

Oversight of subsurface development of oil and gas throughout the United Kingdom is the role of other government agencies with the broad knowledge, technical expertise and specialised experience. All subsurface work in this case, performed by Angus Energy at Brockham is fully controlled and approved by the Environmental Agency (EA), the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA).

10. Will you ever use Hydraulic Fracturing known as “fracking” at Brockham or in the Weald?

No.

11. Is Brockham Field on public land?

No. The field itself makes up less than 1% of a 500 acre private farm. It will not get any larger.

12. Who are Angus Energy?

We are a public company traded on the AIM market. We are committed to communication with all stakeholders. As such, you will find out a lot of information about the company and Brockham Field. Just click through the tabs above.