Local councils are set to lose their say on whether controversial shale gas harvesting goes on in their area as new planning guidelines were published last week. After allegedly causing unusual seismic activity in the United States, campaigners have vehemently opposed exploiting shales gas reserves in the British countryside, and so far have been able to focus on local councils to monitor what activity takes place in their area.
However, new planning guidelines will strip councils of the ability to investigated potential fracking-related issues – in particular, potential impact on seismic activity 1×1.trans Government lifts Fracking Controls in Dash for Shale Gas
and ground water contamination as well as risks of flaring and venting – before granting planning permission to companies looking to establish new wells.
Fracking Controls in Dash for Shale Gas Lifted