New Fracking Regulations: Under land and out of hand?

New Fracking Regulations: Under land and out of hand?
It will have come as little surprise to most that the Conservative Government succeeded in getting the Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing (Protected Areas) Regulations 2015 (the Regulations) through in yesterday’s vote.
Since Cameron declared his party are going all out for fracking, there has been a suite of initiatives created to support fracking bids, and the fact that only four Conservatives voted against these Regulations, shows that the momentum in favour of fracking is continuing to build.

As our previous blog post highlighted, these Regulations  prohibit fracking only above 1,200 metres beneath surface level within Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), World Heritage Sites, National Parks, the Broads and Source Protection Zones 1. In practice, this simply adds 200 metres to the general 1,000 metres depth restriction found in the Infrastructure Act 2015.

This falls short of the level of protection originally promi

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About the author:

Simone is an environmental law specialist and is head of LexisPSL Environment.

Simone moved to LexisNexis from Clyde & Co where she trained. Whilst at Clyde & Co Simone gained experience in contentious work, including large scale arbitrations, private claims and regulatory breaches, and a variety of non-contentious issues. Some of her experience includes the EU Emissions Trading System, the domestic Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme, environmental due diligence, Energy Performance Certificates, permitting requirements and contaminated land.

Simone has written a number of articles, which have been published in various journals and is a trustee of the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (UKELA).