As you may have heard, the lull of activity at Brockham Oil Well may soon be coming to an end. Angus Energy have applied to use the site to dispose of waste fluids from hydrocarbon extraction at Brockham and other oil & gas fields in the Weald Basin. Reinjection of waste fluids at Brockham has been prohibited because of concerns over risk to groundwater (see our earlier background post here). As a rural community with a water table that feeds fields, streams and rivers on which we all depend, this is hugely important. We are worried about these proposals and we think you should be as well! Here are some Q&A to help you understand the issues to raise in your response to the Environment Agency’s public consultation.
You can respond to the consultation here: https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/psc/rh3-7au-angus-energy-weald-basin-no-3-limited/
If you have questions, please include them in your response to the public consultation for the EA to take into account. If you think we can help with your question, email email@example.com
Q1: Which issues should I raise in my consultation response? (more detail on p. 2)
- Risk of groundwater pollution
- Reinjection of fluids can cause earthquakes
- Why should Brockham become a waste disposal site for the benefit of a private company?
- The risk is too great justify declining production from an already depleted reservoir
- Angus Energy’s record of brazen non-compliance & questionable competence (see below pt. 2 & 3 in Q2)
Q2. Why should I respond to this consultation if the Environment Agency is reviewing the proposals? (more detail on p.3)
- Weak regulations and monitoring means public scrutiny and pressure is needed
- Angus Energy’s record of brazen non-compliance
- Angus Energy’s record of questionable competence, including specifically around reinjection