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To frack or not to frack?

As public awareness of fracking is rising, James Noble offers guidance to practitioners on identifying and advising on the potential risks for property owners

27 October 2015

Fracking has been the subject of extensive press coverage in the last few years, with early rumblings from the earthquakes in Blackpool, and more recently the public protests in Balcombe and Preston grabbing the headlines.

However, despite the apparent lack of grassroots enthusiasm, the Conservative government has put fracking firmly on the agenda, viewing it as (part of) the answer to securing 'home-grown energy supplies'.

Fracking (or hydraulic fracturing) is the process of drilling a well vertically down into the earth and injecting a high-pressure fluid into the rock to release the shale gas inside.

There are several layers of planning, regulatory, and operational requirements, which are repeated for each exploratory stage of a site's development and before production commences.

An application must be ...

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