Who pays for clean-ups and decommissioning if an onshore operator goes bust? It’s a question that is concerning MPs and landowners. In this guest post, researcher and anti-fracking campaigner, Ben Dean, looks at the rules for decommissioning and argues for tougher controls.
UK onshore oil production fell to a seven-year low in 2018, according to official data.
Owners of fracking sites may be liable for the clean-up if project backers go out of business, MPs said in a report published today.
Campaign groups opposed to Third Energy’s plans to frack at Kirby Misperton in North Yorkshire said this afternoon they weren’t surprised by reports that the company was seeking funds from rival operators.
A supporter and opponent of onshore fracking went head to head at Westminster yesterday in a debate on shale gas.
What is it? The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has taken over some regulatory functions from the Department of Energy and Climate Change for the onshore and offshore oil and gas industry in the UK.