The UK plans to allow fracking companies to drill under people’s land without their agreement, despite public opposition.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said it will press ahead with proposals to simplify underground access for oil and gas developers despite the objection of 99 percent of respondents to a consultation.
The UK-wide plan would give companies the right to drill at depths of 300 metres or more under private land without negotiating a right of access.
A statement from the Department of Energy and Climate Change said: “New laws will now be passed giving automatic access for gas and oil development below 300m and a notification and compensation scheme will be run by the industry on a voluntary basis.
“It is essential that we make the most of home-sourced energy and start exploring the natural energy supplies beneath our feet. As the cleanest fossil fuel shale gas…
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