Fracking threat to Britain intensifies

14th round: first oil and gas licenses to be announced in August

The Government has announced a timetable for releasing the results of the 14th round of onshore oil and gas licences.

A statement on a government webpage (see section headed First tranche of awards) says the awards will be announced in two sections, starting next month. The release of the second section, which appear to be licenses in more environmentally-sensitive areas, will follow a consultation.

The statement says:

“We plan to announce the first tranche of awards in August and the second tranche later in the year.

“The first tranche will be for those licence blocks that have been screened out as not requiring further environmental assessment under the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010.

“For the remaining blocks, which do require assessment under those Regulations, we will be launching a consultation, also in August.

“Subject to that consultation, a second tranche of awards will be announced later in the year. Details of the awards, when made, will be posted here.”


2 Responses to “Fracking threat to Britain intensifies”

  1. sovereigntea says:

    The Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing (Protected Areas) Regulations 2015
    18/07/15 00:59

    Draft Legislation:

    This is a draft item of legislation and has not yet been made as a UK Statutory Instrument.

    Draft Regulations laid before Parliament under section 4B(5) of the Petroleum Act 1998, for approval by resolution of each House of Parliament.

    Draft Statutory Instruments
    2015 No. 0000

    The Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing (Protected Areas) Regulations 2015



    Coming into force


    The Secretary of State has before making these Regulations consulted the Environment Agency and the Natural Resources Body for Wales in accordance with section 4B(7) of the Petroleum Act 1998(1).

    In accordance with section 4B(5) of that Act, a draft of these Regulations was laid before Parliament and approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament.

    Accordingly, the Secretary of State, in exercise of the powers conferred by section 4B(4) of that Act, and section 28(2)(a) of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015(2), makes the following Regulations.

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