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Back Balcombe High Court bid to remove drilling threat

CPRE Sussex supports Frack Free Balcombe Residents Association in its fight to revoke planning permission for oil exploration in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

CPRE Sussex is backing a High Court bid to overturn planning permission for oil exploration in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Frack Free Balcombe Residents Association hopes the two-day hearing will result in Angus Energy’s permission for oil exploration being revoked.

Residents have started a fundraising campaign to help cover legal costs.

West Sussex County Council refused Angus Energy permission to do more testing for shale oil reserves in the High Weald AONB in 2021. However, in February this decision was overturned by a Planning Inspector who failed to give weight to national climate change policy.

CPRE Sussex opposes oil exploration and exploitation applications in Sussex in all their unconventional fracking and acidising guises. We are calling for tougher regulation to reflect the incompatibility of onshore fossil fuel exploitation with the drive for cleaner energy, reduced climate change and an improved environment.

Read: Press release Balcombe Fracking

To donate to Frack Free Balcombe Residents Association’s crowd funder visit

Find out more about what CPRE Sussex is doing to fight fracking at

Press release Balcombe Fracking

Added 21 June 2023
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