New guidance unlikely to boost shale gas

Planning guidance to help onshore oil and gas projects has received a mixed reaction. Meanwhile, a Northern Ireland minister has tempered the government’s enthusiasm for shale gas

Councils have welcomed government guidance on how they should evaluate shale gas planning applications. But some NGOs are surprised it restricts the issues councils can consider, especially around the need for projects and hydraulic fracturing of rocks (fracking).

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) issued the guidance in mid-July alongside a Treasury consultation proposing to substantially reduce tax rates for s

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