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Fracking firms to drill under homes without direct notification

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Responding to the Government announcement today (Wednesday 18 December 2013) allowing fracking firms to drill for gas and oil under peoples’ homes without notifying the owner personally, Friends of the Earth energy campaigner Tony Bosworth said:  “People should be notified personally if firms want to drill or frack for oil and gas under their homes – removing that right is a further blow to local communities who are rightly concerned about the impacts of fracking.

“Earlier this week the Government accepted that fracking could have potentially significant local impacts. Ministers should be strengthening rules to protect local people, not weakening them in yet another sop to an industry that wants to keep us hooked on dirty fossil fuels.”


Notes to editors:

1.  Planning Minster Nick Boles today announced that the oil & gas industry would no longer have to personally inform the ‘disproportionately large’ number of householders and businesses if drilling or fracking could take place below their properties as this would be ‘unnecessarily excessive’. Instead, companies will have to publish notices in local papers and put up displays in parishes. Written statement here.

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