Gas drilling in Jeremy Hunt’s Surrey constituency gets government approval

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The government has given the go-ahead for a controversial gas drilling project in the idyllic Surrey countryside.

A written statement from Housing Secretary Stuart Andrew confirmed that UK Oil & Gas has been awarded a three-year license to explore a site at Loxley, near Dunsfold.

It even comes after the project was twice rejected by Tory-led Waverley Borough Council, while Jeremy Hunt, the Conservative MP for South West Surrey, has also opposed the move.

UK Oil & Gas, which welcomed the decision, has estimated the site could contain 43 billion cubic meters of gas and the drilling will allow it to determine the extent of the reserves.

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