In February and March, we brought you updates on the ever-evolving fracking debate in the UK. At the end of July, the first-ever Hydraulic Fracturing Consent (HFC) was granted by the government to the company Cuadrilla Bowland Limited for its shale gas site in Lancashire.
The need for this additional consent was imposed by s.50 of the Infrastructure Act 2015 which amended the Petroleum Act 1998. The aim was to reassure those nervous that the controversial fracking industry was not properly regulated. Any fracking to be carried out 1,000 meters or more below the surface requires an HFC, meaning 11 safeguards must be satisfied.