Angus Energy have informed us that the flow test has now finished and they will be moving equipment off the site at Lower Stumble in the next few days.
The Environment Agency (EA) is the environmental regulator of operations at Lower Stumble, the oil well site. Angus Energy Limited holds an environmental permit, granted by the EA. They have undertaken to inspect the site before, during and after well testing, and have the right to carry out unannounced inspections. They may carry out joint inspections with West Sussex County Council Mineral Planning Authority and the Health and Safety Executive.
Reporting an incident – If you wish to report an environmental incident, including noise and odour, please contact: the Environment Agency Incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60 (Freephone, 24 hour service). Please also ring Angus Energy Limited on 0203 974 2991, especially if the incident relates to amenity issues such as noise and odour, as it may be able to deal with these immediately.
Environmental permit enquiries
Information about the permit can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/rh17-6jhcuadrilla-balcombe-limited-environmental-permit-issued. Frequently asked questions and final submissions made under the permit, such as monitoring information and compliance assessment reports can be found on Angus Energy’s website. Angus Energy has set up and email address: firstname.lastname@example.org and information hotline: 0203 974 2991. Environment Agency held documents may also be requested at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/access-the-public-register-for-environmental-information
If you have any other questions relating to the environmental permit for this site, please email SSDEnquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk
For all other enquiries, please contact the National Customer Contact Centre either by phone on: 03708 506 506 (Minicom service, for the hard of hearing: 03702 422 549) Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm. The cost of calling this number depends on your phone provider and whether you use a landline or mobile. The approximate cost per minute from a landline is 2p to 10p. The approximate cost per minute from a mobile is 10p to 40p.
By email using: email@example.com
Or by post: National Customer Contact Centre, PO Box 54, Rotherham, S60 1BY
A new scheme means householders in West Sussex who use a van, pickup or single axle trailer for private purposes will need to obtain a free permit. This comes into effect from 1 October 2018. The permit is available to West Sussex residents only and allows those who drive a commercial-type vehicle or have a trailer to continue to use it to dispose of just their household waste. The scheme does not cover waste generated by a business or household waste that has been collected by a trader for a charge.
The permits are being introduced to help address congestion at the sites, eliminate illegal disposal of commercial waste and discourage out-of-county visitors from bringing in large loads. Over 8,000 permits have been issued so far.
As well as the new permit scheme, some vehicles will no longer be allowed to use HWRSs. Restricted vehicles include:
• multi axle trailers (four wheels),
• horse boxes,
• tipper trucks,
• flatbed or dropside trucks,
• Luton (box) type vans.
Please visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/permitscheme to find out more.
Information this morning Monday 24 September – Angus Energy received all regulatory permissions to start the well test at Lower Stumble last Friday. The test has now officially commenced. They will be posting all the relevant permissions on their website in due course.
At an Extraordinary Meeting of Balcombe Parish Council on Monday 17 September four candidates were chosen to represent Balcombe villagers on the Angus Energy Community Liaison Group. They are Helen Butcher, Louisa Delpy, Isabel Gordon and Sally Dowsett. Two candidates are held in reserve should one of these four not be able to attend a meeting and they are Derek Earl and Geoff Lester.
Following recent events at the Leith Hill protestor camp and the creation of a further protestor camp at the Horse Hill well site (now protected by a High Court injunction), Angus believed it prudent to ask the High Court for an injunction protecting the Balcombe site, and Angus’ rights to access the site, in respect of the upcoming flow test. The injunction was granted by the Court on Thursday 13 September and will be formally served shortly.
In summary, the injunction prohibits acts of trespass at the Balcombe site and also prohibits persons unknown from committing any of the following offences or unlawful acts on that part of the B2036 (London Road) that travels north from the Balcombe site until it reaches junction 10(a) of the M23 (excluding public footpaths and pavements), namely:
- blocking the highway with persons or things when done with a view to slowing down or stopping the traffic, and with the intention of causing inconvenience and delay to Angus and/or visitors to the Balcombe site;
- slow walking in front of vehicles with the object of slowing them down, and with the intention of causing inconvenience and delay to Angus and/or or visitors to the Balcombe site;
- climbing onto vehicles;
- otherwise, unreasonably and/or without lawful authority or excuse, preventing Angus and/or visitors to the Balcombe site from access to, and/or egress from the site;
- otherwise, unreasonably and/or without lawful authority or excuse, obstructing the highway, with the intention of causing inconvenience and delay to Angus and/or visitors to the Balcombe site.
The unlawful acts noted above also give rise to criminal offences, which, if committed may entitle the Police to exercise their powers of arrest (as they consider appropriate).
Angus have observed that other oil & gas sites that are protected by similar injunctions have had a marked decrease in protestor activity during operational periods. They therefore hope this pre-emptive injunction will help in minimising any disruption during the upcoming flow test.
Angus are currently progressing with site preparation, for example, installing an impermeable bund, and look to progress the actual flow test in due course. See pictures below:-
Angus Energy have now informed us that they are progressing with site preparation this week, (installing an impermeable bund), and look to progress the actual flow test in the last week of September subject to final sign off by the relevant regulators.