Gatwick oil - Friends of the Earth reaction

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Reacting to today’s statement from oil firm UKOG that they have confirmed large oil reserves near Gatwick, Brenda Pollack, Friends of the Earth’s South East Campaigner said:

“Today’s announcement isn’t something to celebrate. The hype created by this company is good for their share price but not for local people. We need the Government to stop giving tax breaks to the dinosaur oil and gas industry.

“Oil extraction is deeply unpopular, Local people are rightly concerned about more lorries, air and water pollution, noisy drilling and disruption to village life. Industrialising rural areas isn’t something we support.

“Sussex and Surrey have huge potential to create a clean energy future - through ramping up renewable energy projects. Oil is a fossil fuel which should be left in the ground if the UK is to prevent climate change getting worse.

“UKOG’s main interest is raising profits with little concern for residents or the climate.”

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