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Circumstances in which fracking licences can be varied (Dean v Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Published on: 23 August 2017
Published by: LexisPSL
  • Circumstances in which fracking licences can be varied (Dean v Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
  • Original news
  • What was the background to the case?
  • What issues arose for the court’s consideration?
  • What did the court decide, and why?
  • Was the PEDL governed entirely by statutory code?
  • If governed entirely by statutory code, was there an incidental power to vary the PEDL?
  • Did the defendant lack the power to enter the 2016 variation?
  • What are the implications for PEDLs and onshore exploration in the future?

Article summary

Energy analysis: Is a petroleum exploration and development licence (PEDL) solely a statutory licence incapable of variation pursuant to contract law? Specialist environmental lawyer Lucy Bruce Jones, of Norton Rose Fulbright, examines the High Court’s answer in Dean v Secretary of State for BEIS. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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