Fracking will take place below Britons’ homes without their permission after ministers rejected 40,000 objections to controversial changes to trespass laws.
The UK government argued that the current ability for people to block shale gas development under their property would lead to significant delays and that the legal process by which companies can force fracking plans through was costly, time-consuming and disproportionate.
There were a total of 40,647 responses to a consultation on the move to give oil and gas companies underground access without needing to seek landowners’ permission, with 99% opposing the legal changes. The plans were strongly opposed by the National Farmers Union and the Country Landowners Association.
The government response to the consultation, concluded: “Having carefully considered the consultation responses, we believe that the proposed policy remains the right approach to underground access and that no issues have been identified that would mean that our overall policy approach is not the best available solution.”
New laws will now be passed giving automatic access for gas and oil development below 300m and a notification and compensation scheme will be run by the industry on a voluntary basis.
FFF urges everyone to write to their local MP making it clear that it is unacceptable for OUR REPRESENTATIVES to ignore our views.
Update: Further to the article above, here is an extract from a letter dated 9th September from Matt Hancock, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Energy to Andrew Tyrie MP.......
"Our proposal, as set out in the consultation, is to legislate on this policy [the change to trespass laws]. However, I can assure you that any legislation will be dependent on the outcome of the consultation process."
What a blatant lie.