You may be aware that the Government is consulting on granting Permitted Development Rights (PDR) for exploratory drilling and inclusion of shale gas production under the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project regime (NSIP). The NFU has put in objections to these proposalsas, amongst other reasons, it “…disagrees with the government proposals to take shale gas production out of the hands of local planning decision making”.
If fracking were to become part of the NSIPs, it could strengthen the compulsory purchase powers of the shale gas (fracking) industry which would impact the rights of farmers and landowners. There is due to be a debate in Westminster and the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) is urging people to contact their MPs to attend the debate, which is taking place at 4.30pm on 31st October.
“Drill or Drop” reports on the tenant farmer who has joined the National Trust in its challenge to the shale gas company, INEOS, in a court case over land access. The National Trust claims it is acting within its founding principle of protecting the beautiful places in its care and, given the impact of climate change, has no wish for any of its land to be used for gas or oil extraction. INEOS said Government licences give the company a legal obligation to investigate shale gas deposits in areas around the country, including Clumber Park.
The unnamed tenant farmer was joining the case in opposing access to INEOS. Another 30 tenants of the Clumber Park estate would also to be notified about the case and given the opportunity to join the objections. The case is likely to be heard March-May 2019.
In the US, infrastructure such as this central delivery point – including gas dehydration units, compressor stations and processing plants – is an essential part of the industry and comes together with the drilling pads, and all the associated pipeline networks between them.
Whilst Wisconsin has no oil and gas reserves and therefore no fracking, rural parts of this US state have nonetheless been disrupted by the industry’s insatiable need for silica sand, as described in this article in the anthropology journal “Sapiens”
Farmers from New South Wales in Australia tour neighbouring Queensland to find out what impact shale gas and coal seam gas extraction has had on the local economy. Did the promised prosperity materialise?