Fracking opponents have reacted with anger Ministers unveiled measures to help projects through the planning system in England, which campaigners say drilling for shale as easily as the Conservatory.
Shale gas explorers drilling test sites in England without obtaining a building permit, and sites of hydraulic fracturing can be qualified as nationally important infrastructure, the meaning of the statement in national rather than local level.
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Planning authorities will also be given £1.6 m to accelerate the use of hydraulic fracturing within the next two years, and new environmental regulator for shale will be created this summer in the government proposals, published on Thursday.
Caroline Lucas, co-chair of the green party, said that the plans were shocking. “Experiment in the UK, fracking was on life support and now the government is making every effort to shock him back to life.”
Rebecca long Bailey MP, the shadow business Secretary, said: “Fracking should be banned, not promoted”.
Greenpeace said that the government turned a deaf ear to communities and councils, and will make “exploration drilling is as simple as building a garden wall or Conservatory”.
Progress of the breed in the UK was slow, and not one worked well, since the ban was lifted in 2013.
Companies, including INEOS, the bad and the third was bogged down in planning battles with local authorities. In the first three months of the year, seven of the eight plans to drill shale was rejected by the Soviets.
However, according to plans, the business Secretary, Greg Clark, the drilling of shale wells in England would be considered permitted development, i.e. not require application of planning.
The process of fracking, which involves pumping water at high pressure underground to fracture rocks and release gas trapped in need the application.
Clarke said that the UK is obliged to look at fracking as gas production in the North sea declined, and the country has become more dependent on imports.
“We believe that it is right to use our domestic gas resources to the maximum extent and further explore the potential for land gas production from shale rocks in the UK, where it is cost-effective, and where the environmental impacts are strictly regulated”, he said.
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Said business Secretary, new measures are needed because the councils in England was frustrating to make decisions on applications for shale.
Association of local authorities said that he welcomes additional funds to fight the application, but application against the slate bypassing local planning.
“We understand that it must be for local communities to decide whether to carry out operations on hydraulic fracturing in their areas,” – said the press Secretary for the environment, councillor Judith Blake.
A package of measures to help fracking firms through the planning system is the recognition that previous government efforts to help industry failed.
In 2015, the government announced that it would step in if councils had not taken a decision within 16 weeks.
Recently, however, industry has asked for 18 months to receive planning decisions by local authorities amounted to about four months in 2014-15.
The oil shale industry welcomes the government’s proposal. “Today’s announcement goes some way to ensure that our energy security is protected and the benefits that we have seen flowing into the community, become much more common,” said Ken Cronin, head of Ukoog.
• This article and its Headline were amended on may 18, 2018, to understand what the expected changes to planning regulations for England, not the UK.