West Sussex County Council today confirmed that Angus has requested a screening opinion for further works at the Balcombe site.
“I can confirm that the operator has requested a Screening Opinion for further works at the site.
For information, please find attached a copy of the completed Screening Opinion for your files. It is the opinion of the County Council that an Environmental Impact Assessment is not required for the development proposed.”
The screening opinion states that the work will be “Removal of drilling fluids and extended well test.”
This proposal is a two-stage activity:
1) Pumping out previously used drilling fluids to ascertain any oil flow;
2) Should oil be seen to flow, an extended well test would be carried out over a period of 3 years