Fracking - The Legal Issues
The recent decision to grant planning permission on appeal to Cuadrilla for exploratory drilling for shale gas in Lancashire has (for the time being at least) given the 'green light' to fracking. The UK Government remains steadfastly committed to shale gas as a key element of the UK's energy security policy and as a 'bridge' towards a low-carbon energy future.
Substantial financial incentives are being offered to communities if they agree to fracking being carried out in their areas, with the prospect of a 'sovereign wealth fund' for the north of England being created from the proceeds. At the same time the Government is pushing ahead with proposals to curtail the ability of private landowners and local planning authorities to frustrate the exploration and extraction process - despite overwhelming opposition.
But fracking remains highly controversial. The Cuadrilla decision may yet provoke a further appeal, and there is also a judicial review challenge by Friends of the Earth and Frack Free Ryedale to North Yorkshire County Council's decision to grant planning permission to Third Energy to frack for shale gas at Kirby Misperton. Climate change and human rights issues are increasingly being raised as the basis for opposition to fracking.
This course will examine the important issues faced by practitioners when advising clients on the subject of fracking.
What You Will Learn
This course will cover the following:
- The fracking life-cycle - identification, exploration, extraction and abandonment
- The rights of surface and subterranean property owners
- Dealing with objectors - unlawful occupation and/or harassment
- Planning and environmental issues - objections, operating conditions and clean up
- Challenging the grant of permission
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