Lucy Bruce Jones (UK)

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INEOS granted second UK exploratory drilling permit

On 18 July 2017, INEOS was granted an environmental permit to drill an exploratory borehole to take core shale samples at a site near Common Road, Harthill, South Yorkshire. It was the second permit granted by the Environment Agency (EA) to INEOS in less than three weeks after a similar ‘standard rules’ permit was approved … Continue reading

UK High Court dismisses challenge to fracking planning permission

On 12 April 2017, the High Court dismissed a judicial review application challenging the decision of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid, to allow fracking in Lancashire. As reported in our blog of 22 November 2016, community group ‘Preston New Road Action Group’ (PNRAG) brought the application for judicial review … Continue reading

Challenge to UK planning permission for fracking

Community group ‘Preston New Road Action Group’ (PNRAG) has taken further action to challenge the government’s decision to allow fracking of shale gas at a site near Little Plumpton, Lancashire (the Plumpton Site). As reported in our blog of 21 October 2016, PNRAG sent a letter before action last month to the Secretary of State … Continue reading

Green light for more UK exploratory shale gas wells

Nottinghamshire County Council’s Planning and Licensing Committee (the Committee) has approved plans to drill the county’s first exploratory shale gas wells. The approval which permits drilling two wells to explore the rock geology near Misson was approved by a majority of seven votes to four. Island Gas Ltd (IGas) submitted its planning application for the … Continue reading

UK shale: fracking looks set to be part of the future

In a landmark decision, the UK Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid (the SoS), has overturned the decision of Lancashire County Council (the Council) to refuse planning permission to extract shale gas at a site near Little Plumpton, Lancashire (the Plumpton Hall Farm Site). Planning applications submitted by the oil and … Continue reading

Australia: Ban on Unconventional Gas Exploration and Development in Victoria

The Victorian Government has recently announced that by the end of 2016 there will be a complete ban on unconventional gas exploration and development (including coal seam gas and fracking). This follows the Victorian Government’s imposition of a temporary ban on conventional and unconventional onshore gas exploration and development in 2012. The rationale for the … Continue reading

New fracking rules enter into force – England & Wales

Overview On 6 April 2016 regulations came into force setting out areas to be excluded from fracking and providing for a number of safeguards for onshore fracking in England and Wales. What areas are excluded from fracking? The Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing (Protected Areas) Regulations 2016 set out areas to be excluded from fracking as “protected … Continue reading

Do UK regulatory changes signal large-scale shale gas exploitation?

The 14th onshore licensing round closes on October 28, 2014 for both conventional and ‘unconventional’ oil and gas exploration, including shale gas. The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) expects about 50-150 unconventional licences to be awarded in the round. There is general consensus across industry and Government that a more streamlined regulatory … Continue reading
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