Wales gets fracking powers

Powers to decide onshore oil and gas licensing has been devolved to Wales.

The Wales Act 2017 transferred licensing functions under the Petroleum Act 1998 from the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) to Welsh Ministers from 1 October.

Welsh ministers will now be responsible for decisions on whether to issue new petroleum exploration and development licences (PEDL) rounds, exploration licenses, methane drainage licences and consents in relation to existing PEDL licences. In England, the licensing functions continue to be carried out by the OGA.

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