An exploration firm has announced the discovery of billions of barrels of oil reserves at a site near Gatwick airport.
UK Oil & Gas Investments (UKOG) said drilling of the 55-square mile site at the Weald Basin had discovered 158 million barrels per square mile. Chief executive Stephen Sanderson said the Horse Hill-1 well required appraisal and testing to prove its commercial viability but that it had "the potential for significant daily oil production".
A company believes there could be thirty million barrels to be discovered in Dorset.
It has just started a new oil well near Dorchester and is surveying surrounding fields looking for more.
Jerry Field is the Exploration Director:
RSPCA inspectors have collected several birds caught in an oil spillage on the north Kent coast. The birds were found covered in thick, black sticky fuel oil. They include eight red throated divers, two of which had to be put to sleep to end their suffering, two guillemots and a dunlin which died.
All came from the Ramsgate harbour area except for one of the divers which was picked up in Rye harbour. They are being cared for by the RSPCA Mallydams Wildlife centre in Hastings.
RSPCA wildlife supervisor Richard Thompson said: “Birds like these, that are used to spending all their lives on the water, are difficult for us to manage but we have the expertise and will do our best for them.
The oil company BP is to invest more than £4 million pounds into research being undertaken at Surrey University. Scientists will look at ways of unlocking heavier oils from their reservoirs. The funding will cover 10 staff at the Guildford campus.
Workers at Coryton oil refinery in Essex had another blow today, with the news that the Government won't be propping up the plant with public money.
The Department for Energy and Climate Change has decided not to apply to the European Commission to use state funds to bail it out.
850 jobs have been at risk since the refinery went into liquidation in January. The plant supplies about a fifth of London and the South East's fuel.
It's emerged that a giant oil refinery that provides almost a quarter of all the south east's fuel could be closed down and turned into a storage facility.
The Coryton plant in South Essex went into administration in January and talks have continued to find a buyer.
One of the options could see it used for storage only which could mean the loss of up to 800 jobs and impact on the region's supplies. Iain McBride has more.
Coryton Refinery was plunged into administration by its Swiss owner Petroplus in February. It has been reported that a tanker reached the plant last week with enough crude oil to keep the site working for 11 days but the plant is unlikely to carry on operating beyond the end of this month.