- Fracking—shaking up the law of trespass?
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- How will the new legislation regarding fracking and access to land affect landowners?
- How will the changes affect the landowners’ statutory rights?
- Will developers compensate landowners if they require access? What are the reservations landowners would have in granting access?
- What are developers proposing to do to compensate landowners?
- What can landowners do to deal with potential protests/opposition from anti fracking groups?
- Are there any grey areas in need of clarification in regards to the law surrounding fracking and its impact on landowners?
- What should lawyers advising in this field be mindful of?
- What are the main trends in this area?
Environment analysis: In a controversial proposal, the government has outlined plans to change trespass laws and allow fracking companies to drill under land without landowners’ permission. Brian Wake, consultant at Dyne Solicitors, looks at how the proposed new legislation will affect landowners and questions whether, given the government’s support of fracking, any amount of objection voiced in the consultation will be enough to stop the law changing.
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