Shale firms face extra planning hoop over abandoned coal mines

New advice from the Coal Authority means shale gas companies must show they have considered how drilling could affect old mining features in coalfield areas

A disused coal mine.
Planning authorities  may need to consider issues such as ground stability, mine gas and hydrogeology in areas where there are deep abandoned mines.

New advice from the Coal Authority means shale gas companies must show they have considered how drilling could affect old mining features in coalfield areas.

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