Injunction bans protesters from ‘lorry surfing’ at Doriemus oil field
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Gas explorer Doriemus has won a court injunction against “slow walking” and “lorry surfing”.
ASX-listed Doriemus (ASX:DOR) owns a stake in an oil field called Horse Hill near London, which has faced strong protests from locals.
Doriemus won a High Court interim injunction on Monday against protestors using some interesting methods to disrupt the works near Gatwick Airport.
They included “blocking the public highway with a view to slowing down or stopping the traffic”, slow walking in front of vehicles, and climbing on top of vehicles and “lorry surfing”.
The injunction also included less clever protest activities such as blocking the highway at the entrance to sites, intimidating staff and entering and remaining on sites.
Doriemus is chaired by David Lenigas — the same man who chairs “watermelon seed” gold explorer Artemis Resources.
Mr Lenigas welcomed the decision on Twitter:
Doriemus Plc has just made a very positive announcement on the ASX. UK High Court decision against illegal protests that will make testing and progress of the Gatwick Gusher much smoother. #GatwickGusher #DOR about time. Now to really kick on with the major testing. 👍
— David Lenigas (@DavidLenigas) September 3, 2018
He said protestors had created many delays at the Horse Hill oil discovery over the years.
Doriemus owns 10 per cent of Horse Hill Developments which brought the suit to court, and it in turn owns 65 per cent of the Horse Hill licences.
“As we head towards the extended well testing of the primary Kimmeridge oil pools and this injunction is excellent news that will allow the operators to get on with getting on with evaluating this project without the unnecessary and unlawful actions of a vocal and disruptive minority group of individuals.”
Stockhead is seeking comment from Doriemus.
Doriemus shares opened flat on Tuesday morning at 14.5c.