- 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?
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.
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