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Environmental Law

Delay to details of OEP environmental review power

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A decision on the new Office for Environmental Protection’s new power to sanction public authorities has been delayed to give government more time to consider the details

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Oil

EA consults on Yorkshire oil and gas production plans

The operator of a controversial exploratory oil and gas drill site in Yorkshire has applied to the Environment Agency for permission to expand its operations and begin commercial production

Waste

Fly-tipping enforcement plummets during pandemic

An analysis of waste crime data compiled by the Environment Agency demonstrates how easily criminals are getting away with illegal dumping – especially since Covid-19 emerged

Regulation

Environment Agency calls for regulation to address water quality crisis

The government needs to lead on a solution to the UK’s water management crisis, the Environment Agency says in its annual report

Biodiversity / conservation

Chemical pollution ruled out for mystery crab deaths

Chemical pollution was unlikely to have killed thousands of crustaceans that washed ashore along the Teesside and North Yorkshire coast last month, the Environment Agency has determined

Agriculture & forestry

‘Disaster’ for wildlife: Farming policy gap threatens hedgerows, charity warns

Hedgerows are threatened by a looming gap in environmental protections as English farming policy transitions to the new environmental land management system, according to conservation charity the RSPB

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Land, Ecology & Development

How Natural England’s ‘water neutrality’ advice is blocking development

Housing development seen from above

Guidance advising councils to ensure new developments are 'water neutral' for the conservation of nearby protected sites has forced councils to pause planning permission and put developers in a spin. Is this the beginning of a 'new moratorium on housebuilding'? Tess Colley reports

Heat

The debrief: How a renewable energy scheme is seeking to use water from a disused coal mine to deliver low-carbon heat

Illustration of the proposed energy centre

A local authority on Tyneside is seeking to provide renewable heat for buildings, including a leisure centre and a block of flats, using mine water from an abandoned colliery

Legislation

Waste and the Environment Act: 9 things you need to know

A waste sorting plant

After a long and tortuous journey through parliament, the government’s ‘world-leading’ Environment Bill has finally passed into law. There are a number of implications for the waste, resources and chemicals sectors. Here is everything you need to know

Environmental Law

Will rejecting stronger OEP independence ‘come to haunt’ MPs?

Lady Justice statue. Image: Pixabay.

The new green watchdog will be required to heed guidance from the government, but will this hinder its ability to take robust action? Tess Colley reports

Climate change

What do the COP26 outcomes mean for UK business?

Britain's President for COP26 Alok Sharma (L) and Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) smile at each other during a press conference

COP26 has been hailed as both a success and a failure but regardless of what position is taken, the global conference's outcomes will have a number of short and medium term implications for business, experts tell Isabella Kaminski

Planning & land use

Dirty work: Why do we know so little about contaminated land?

Brownfield land and abandoned gas holders seen through wire fence

Government money to help councils identify and clean up contaminated land dried up five years ago and many local authorities do not list any polluted sites on their statutory registers, leaving patches of potentially toxic land across the country unmonitored and unmanaged Danny Halpin reports

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