Fracking firm warns of costs bill if new application prompts a public inquiry

A new planning application for exploratory ‘fracking’ tests in a Rotherham village have been submitted by the petrochemicals firm Ineos with a warning the move is an attempt to spare the council a bill for legal costs should they have to take the application to a public inquiry in future.

Read more at: https://www.thestar.co.uk/our-towns-and-cities/rotherham/fracking-firm-warns-of-costs-bill-if-new-application-prompts-a-public-inquiry-1-9220155

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Residents uncover regulatory loophole at Surrey oil site

Brockham Oil Watch uncovered the regulatory gap when it put a series of questions about its local drilling site to the Environment Agency. During the correspondence, it emerged that the site at Brockham near Dorking, operated by Angus Energy, was still using an old-style environmental permit.

Despite frequent government claims that the UK has a world class regulatory system, the EA said that under the old environmental permits, operators were not required to collect or maintain details on well stimulation or fluid reinjection.

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