The drilling company behind the Broadford Bridge site has ruled out the possibility of fracking at Billingshurst.
A spokesman for UKOG told the Observer: “We do not need to frack, we don’t have a licence to frack and we have no intention ever of fracking on that site.”
He said the company was planning to begin drilling on the site next autumn at the earliest.
But he stressed: “We are not a fracking company and this is not shale gas.”
In the meantime objectors are mounting a campaign against plans by UKOG for an exploratory well at the Markwell’s Wood site in the parish of Stoughton.
They have formed the Markwell Wood Watch campaign group and are urging residents to object to the plan which has now been submitted to the South Downs National Park Authority. Stoughton, Rowlands Castle, Elsted and Rogate parish councils have objected.