A second environmental group is taking legal action against the government over its new planning policy on fracking and onshore oil and gas.
The anti-shale gas group, Talk Fracking, has taken the first step in what could be a court challenge to government policy.
The government has made changes to national planning policy on onshore oil and gas even though most of the people who took part in a consultation disagreed with them.
Mark Robinson, Campaigns and Policy Assistant at Campaign to Protect Rural England, argues that radical changes are needed to national planning policy to prevent the threat of fracking to the countryside and the communities who live and enjoy it.
Local councils in England are to be required to develop policies that “facilitate” onshore oil and gas developments, under revised government guidelines.
Celtique Energie’s chief executive Geoff Davies said last week it appeared that oil and gas operators were being “deliberately prevented from exploring in south east England”. He was responding to the refusal of his company’s planning application to drill an exploratory oil well at Fernhurst in the South […]