Oil hopes dashed

View of the drilling derrick from the drill floor survey vessel MV Whitethorn

50k Geology in Oxted

Mohamed Al Fayed realised there was £10 million worth of oil flowing through pipelines drilled beneath his land when he saw records held at BGS in 2006.

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