Reacting to the news that UKOG's plans to submit a planning application for oil production at the Horse Hill exploration site near Gatwick Airport, Keith Taylor, Green MEP for Surrey, said:
"This news will get a frosty reception from campaigners and residents alike this Yuletide. And I will join them in opposing UKOG's climate-destructive proposals to industrialise our countryside. Surrey County Council must reject any application the firm sees fit to submit. More drilling in Surrey is on nobody's Christmas list."
"The government-backed unconventional oil and gas rush across the UK will not only despoil Surrey's Outstanding Area of Natural Beauty it will ensure the UK fails to meet it’s legally-binding climate change targets under the Climate Change Act and Paris Agreement."
“The scientific consensus on the climate breakdown has never been greater. The best chance we have of averting climate catastrophe is by keeping fossil fuel reserves in the ground."
“Instead of investing, quite literally in too many cases, in the dirty oil and gas industry, Ministers must make it their New Year's Resolution to finally act on the overwhelming public support for renewables and build a clean energy future - in Surrey and across the UK.”
"And while UKOG uses its latest announcement to attempt to smear the campaigners putting their lives on hold to protect our planet it is worth remembering that the eviction of the peaceful occupation of the Horse Hill site earlier this month resulted in not one single arrest."