Politics

Infrastructure Bill: more dates, times, amendments

The clauses in the Infrastructure Bill dealing with fracking and rights to drill under private land are likely to be considered towards the end of the Committee Stage of the legislation.

A new amendment was also submitted yesterday requiring the publication of baseline monitoring data in a form that would allow it to be peer reviewed (see bottom of this post).

Timetable

A timetable published this morning gives the dates and the times when the Infrastructure Bill will be discussed. It also indicates the order that the clauses will be considered.

Clauses 38-45, which include measures to change the trespass laws allowing oil and gas companies to drill below 300m without landowners’ consent, are among the last to be discussed.

The next hearing is tomorrow (Thursday 18th December). The Committee Stage of the Infrastructure Bill is scheduled to finish by 5pm on Thursday 15th January.

Dates and times

11.30 am on Thursday 18 December

9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 6 January

11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 8 January

9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 13 January

11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 15 January

Order of discussion

The timetable says the sections of the bill will be considered in the following order:

  • Clause 1
  • Schedule 1 – strategic highways companies
  • Clauses 2 and 3
  • Schedule 2 – road investment strategy
  • Clauses 4 to 13
  • Schedule 3 – transfer schemes
  • Clauses 14 to 29
  • Schedule 4 – transfer of responsibility for local land charges to land registry
  • Clauses 30 to 33
  • Schedule 5 – community electricity right regulations
  • Clauses 34 to 37
  • Schedule 6 – licensing levy
  • Clauses 38 to 45 – includes right to use deep-level land and payment and notice schemes
  • New Clauses
  • New Schedules
  • Clauses 46 to 49
  • Remaining proceedings on the Bill

New amendments

Andrew Miller, the Labour MP for Ellesmere Port, where IGas has an exploratory drilling site, tabled a new amendment yesterday on environmental baseline data for drilling sites.

This would require all sites extracting petroleum from deep level land (under 300m) must publish all base line data in a manner that allows it to be peer reviewed. More details

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