Dart Energy, which holds licences to explore for shale gas in the UK, welcomed today the proposed new legislation stating that running pipelines under private land does not constitute trespass.
The new Infrastructure Bill – to be included in the Queen’s Speech – clarifies that laying pipelines beneath private property will not break trespassing laws. The landowners will, however, be able to apply for compensation. The new law does not affect the Supreme Court ruling from 2010 which said that diagonal drilling down to 2,800ft from an adjacent plot of land cannot be carried out without the permission of the landowner.
Dart Energy said of the new Bill that “It’s a welcome move by government and we await further detail in due course”.
IGas, Cuadrilla and the UK Onshore Operators Group also hold shale gas exploration licenses in the UK.
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