Planning Guidelines for Hydraulic Fracturing and other Onshore Oil and Gas Activities

22nd Jul, 2013

Following recent publicity and various headlines about shale gas exploration in the UK and the environmental issues associated with hydraulic fracturing (aka. fracking), the Department for Communities and Local Government has now published guidance on the planning issues associated with each separate phase of onshore hydrocarbon extraction.

This guidance is intended to supplement other planning guidance and the National Planning Policy Framework.

The principal environmental issues raised in this document, which need to be addressed by mineral planning and other regulatory authorities, include noise, dust and air quality.

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