Property rights debate could delay shale gas projects

Greenpeace is trying to get landowners to declare they do not want fracking beneath their property in a bid to stop projects. It could delay schemes, but may also spur the government to simply change legislation

A legal attempt to stop shale gas firms drilling beneath homes and businesses may delay projects by around a year, but is unlikely to scupper them, say lawyers.

On 14 October, Greenpeace announced it is trying to create a patchwork of “no go” areas for onshore oil and gas across England.

It is getting landowners to announce they will not accept drilling or hydraulic fracturing of rocks (fracking) beneath them, even several kilometres underground. It has set up a website for people to pledge their opposition, but already has the support of one dairy farmer in Lancashire whose farm is near one of Cuadrilla’s sites.

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