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Fracking consent loophole shut by Clark
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A loophole in the consent regime for fracking has been shut by the government.
Operators wanting to frack must apply for a ‘Hydraulic Fracturing Consent from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’ (DEBIS), under Section 4A of the Petroleum Act 1998.
As a supplementary stage to the regulatory and permitting regime, the consent was introduced in the Infrastructure Act 2015.
‘Inappropriate’ development in National Parks is alerted in report
Three key conservation bodies have published a report focusing on the threat to National Parks from major developments and fracking.
long-established safeguards are being overridden by Short-term economic priorities and allowing inappropriate development in England’s National Parks.
Regime for shale gas development in sensitive locations announced
Ministers have opened the bidding process for companies to obtain licences to explore for shale gas in a move which could eventually see fracking activity across the UK.
At the same time the Coalition has made it clear that new planning guidance will strengthen the safeguards covering operations and activity in: