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Fracking: What you need to consider

Chris Loaring and Andrew Wiseman on how to appropriately advise clients who are living or buying property in energy exploration areas

10 July 2015

Hydraulic fracturing, which is more commonly referred to as fracking, is a controversial topic that has attracted widespread media attention over recent months. It’s much maligned by environmental campaigners, who would rather renewable energy sources were used as opposed to fracking, which, while cleaner than coal, is nevertheless energy from a carbon source.

The Conservative government has pledged to ‘go all out’ for shale gas and fracking. In February this year, the Infrastructure Act 2015 received royal assent, which confirmed that rules related to trespass do not apply if access to land is required for fracking at depths greater than 300 metres.

This means that energy firms no longer have to await permission from landowners to access land for deep level investigations – except in areas that are protected groundwater sources and ‘other protected areas&rsquo...

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