UK Oil & Gas PLC announces that in response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, at the forthcoming interim injunction ("Injunction") review hearing of February 9th, it will invite the High Court to modify the Injunction's scope to cover Horse Hill only and to retain protection solely from the following two prime areas of concern:
· Trespass into the site
· Obstruction of the site's entrance
Having considered the efficient manner in which recent slow-walks have been dealt with by local Surrey police, the Company now considers it best to allow the police to continue to deal with such incidents, especially as the current COVID-19 restrictions confer additional policing powers to deal with gatherings and unnecessary travel. The Company thus seeks to remove slow-walking from the Injunction.
The Injunction is and always has been expressed to continue until trial or further order. Consequently, the High Court will be invited to maintain the status quo in that regard and continue the Injunction until February 2022, the date the High Court has fixed for the final trial of the action.
As demonstrated by a number of unlawful protest actions at Horse Hill during the pandemic, mostly involving persons travelling from well outside the local area, Horse Hill remains a target for protestors who seek to prevent UKOG from conducting its lawful business. The Injunction helps protect the Company from such unlawful actions and, crucially, does not prevent or limit peaceful protest.