Property rights may delay shale

Greenpeace is trying to get landowners to declare that they do not want fracking beneath their land in a bid to stop projects

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

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

It is getting landowners to say they will not accept drilling or hydraulic fracturing (fracking) beneath their land, even several kilometres underground. It has set up a website for people to pledge their opposition.1  Some 19,000 people had signed up as ENDS went to press.

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