Volume 93 Issue 33 | p. 6 | News of The Week
Issue Date: August 24, 2015 | Web Date: August 20, 2015

U.K. Fast Tracks Fracking

Shale Gas: Government wrestles some decision-making powers back from local politicians
Department: Business
Keywords: fracking, ethane, U.K., legislation

The U.K. government has taken steps to accelerate large-scale production of onshore shale gas using hydraulic fracturing techniques known as fracking.

Effective immediately, the U.K. government will step in to approve or reject drilling wells for fracking if locally elected politicians take longer than the 16-week statutory time frame. The move follows a recent case in which a local government delayed and then rejected applications to drill eight wells at two sites.

Additionally, the U.K. . . .

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