[CLOSED] Community survey: have you heard from the oil and gas companies developing sites in your area?
Keith Taylor MEP is carrying out research to find out if the oil and gas companies involved in developing sites across the South East have consulted local communities. Mr Taylor would like to establish what is the current practice and how it could be improved. You can access the survey here.
The survey closes at 22:00 on Thursday, 25 January.
UK Onshore Oil and Gas (UKOOG) represents many (if not all) of the companies operating in the South East. Its Community Engagement Charter binds its members into public engagement at all stages of planning and developing their operations. The aim of the Charter is: “To ensure open and transparent communications between industry, stakeholder groups and the communities in which we operate”.
However, Europa, a member of UKOOG, has said the charter doesn’t apply as its drill plans are “conventional”. It says that: “Applicants aim to work with the local community as part of the site development process, listening and responding to concerns before proposals are finalised and if planning permission is granted, continuing that community engagement through local liaison groups”.
If you live in an area where oil and gas sites have been or are being developed, and would like to contribute your views on whether the Charter is being applied to your site(s), please answer the questions in this survey so that we can get a complete picture and submit our findings to UKOOG.
We know that your local planning authority will have sought views in relation to specific planning applications but this survey is about direct contact from the company.