Queen’s speech endorses fracking, circumvents UK trespass laws

The Guardian reported on the 4th of June, that the practice of unconventional shale gas extraction has been endorsed in the Queen’s speech, putting an end to the legal requirement that energy companies must notify homeowners when they drill under their land.

The Guardian writes: “The proposals in the speech, which sets out the legislative programme for the year and is the last before the 2015 general election, marks a further hardening of the Conservative party’s attitude against environmental measures.

Their coalition partners, the Lib Dems, see the survival of any zero-carbon home policy as a victory but failed to get other green proposals into the speech.

Current laws of trespass require land- and home-owners to give permission for shale gas and oil drilling under their land, but the government intends to end this requirement in order to speed up fracking. Drilling can extend up to 3km horizontally underground from a central well pad.”

To read the Guardian article in full, click here.

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