Green MEP submits scathing submission to consultation on Horse Hill industrial drilling plans, plans free film screening in Horley
Keith Taylor, the Green MEP for Surrey and the South East, is hosting a pop-up cinema screening of an 'inspirational' anti-fracking film at Hookwood Memorial Hall on Friday [1 February] in Horley.
The Bentley Effect is an award-winning 2016 film documenting how a critical mass of citizens from all walks of life responded to an Australian community's call for help to defend their homes and local environment from fracking.
Mr Taylor is hosting the free public screening in an effort to galvanise the campaign to protect the Surrey Green Belt from recently announced plans for industrial oil production. The event starts at 1830 and will be followed by a Q&A with the senior Green Party politician.
The South East MEP said:
"I look forward to showing the people of Horley a truly wonderful film that demonstrates the real power of community. We can take from it the inspiration we need to keep the dirty fossil fuel industry for industrialising our precious countryside."
The planned screening follows the recent announcement by oil firm Horse Hill Developments Ltd(HHDL), part of the UK Oil and Gas (UKOG) group, that it aspires to turn its Horse Hill site in Horley into the second largest oil production site in the country. A planning application from HHDL is currently being consulted on by Surrey County Council.
Mr Taylor MEP, a member of the European Parliament's Environment Committee and European Chair of the Climate Parliament, has submitted an official and extensive objection to HHDL's proposal, citing environmental, climate and air pollution concerns.
The submission also highlights the lack of transparency over the proposed use of unconventional extraction techniques and the groundwater and earthquake risks associated with the plans.
The Green MEP also criticises HHDL's lack of consultation with the local community and UKOG's ever more anti-democratic applications for injunctions to prevent residents protesting against its proposals.
Download Keith's full consultation response below
"At the moment, schoolchildren across the world are striking because, in their words, 'our house is on fire' and politicians and corporations are failing to act to protect the planet for their generation."
"The climate breakdown is unavoidably the biggest issue facing Britain and the world today. There can be no more fossil fuel extraction; scientists have already made it clear that even using the reserves we've already tapped would send global temperature rises above the 1.5-degree limit necessary to prevent the very worst effects of climate change."
"Turning our precious Surrey Green Belt into an industrial oil production site is only the right answer if the question is 'how can we ensure Britain will fail to fulfil its international climate commitments under the Paris Agreement?'"
"HHDL's plans are a form of environment-destructive climate denial and an affront to the local communities set to be blighted by the industrialisation of their countryside. From plans for unconventional extraction to completely ignored earthquake risks, these proposals must be met with short shrift from Surrey County Council."