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Could your home be fracked? Check here

Posted on - 14th October, 2013 - 8:37pm | Author - | Posted in - Observations

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Did you know it is unlawful for fracking companies to drill under your home without your permission?

If you are concerned it might happen near you pop your postcode into the search engine here

Greenpeace claim you have legal powers to stop companies from fracking beneath your home. If it’s bad news and you live in a fracking area you can refuse permission. Greenpeace say it’s unlawful and it is a form of trespass.

Greenpeace want to place a legal block to drilling on or near homes and the launch of wrongmove.org together with the Not for Shale legal block has hit a nerve.

In repsonse the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) said: “This is not a block to shale gas development in the UK. There is flexibility about where to locate a drilling rig to access any oil or gas resources.

”Like any other industrial activity, oil and gas operations will normally require the agreement of the landowners whose land is used. Oil or gas developers will negotiate with landowners as necessary and agree terms for the access they require.”

Greenpeace replied: “Its great news that DECC agrees with the Greenpeace analysis of the law. This sounds like confirmation that fracking companies will not frack without express permission from those living above it. Does this mean the government will not be bringing in legislation to revoke the rights of homeowners? Or is that word ‘normally’ ringing alarm bells for you too? We’ve been calling on @DECCgovuk to confirm what they mean here.

If you don’t like what you see, the link will help you tell the fracking companies what you think.

Fracking, the act of extracting shale gas by forcing water and chemicals at high pressure through the ground allowing trapped gas to be released, is banned in parts of the USA, Germany, France, Luxembourg, and Bulgaria

Fracking company Cuadrilla recently pulled out of sites near Blackpool and St Annes due to concerns related to over-wintering birds in the Ribble Estuary. However, the company said other sites in Lancashire showed more potential. Although heavy anti-fracking protests accompany each site they explore the company intends to continue work in the region.

What are your thoughts on fracking? Would you mind if they did it under your house? Let us now in the comments below

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