Government ignores 99% of respondents to DECC trespass consultation

Oil and Gas companies will be able to frack below homes in the UK without their owner’s permission after the UK Government decides to ignore responses to the Department of Energy and Climate Change consultation on the proposed changes.

Of the 40,647 responses to the consultation to give companies underground access rights without needing to seek landowners permission, an impressive 99% opposed the legal changes.

Included in the 40,647 responses were 28,821 which were submitted via two NGO campaigns. Discounting these, 92% of the remaining responses opposed the legal changes.

The UK government have argued that the current legal process by which companies can forcibly obtain access rights is overly costly, time-consuming and disproportionate  and that the current ability for people to block shale gas development under their properties will lead to unaffordable delays for the industry.

The full DECC response to the underground drilling consultation is available on the GOV.UK website: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/underground-drilling-access

More information about this decision is also available in the Telegraph or the Guardian, or via the following news report on YouTube.

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