The United Kingdom government is proposing ways to simplify the existing procedures for shale gas and deep geothermal underground drilling access.
The proposals are:
-Underground right of access for shale gas and deep geothermal operations below about 1,000 feet. Any hydraulic fracturing would only occur at greater depths of around 5,000 feet or more;
-A voluntary community payment of $33,600 per lateral well;
-A clear notification system to alert local people.
Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon said, “We are keen for shale and geothermal exploration to go ahead while protecting residents through the robust regulation that is in place.”
The government says these proposals allow shale and geothermal development while offering a fair deal for communities in return for underground access at depths so deep they should have no negative impact on landowners.
The proposal will be open for 12 weeks. Once feedback has been considered, the Government will announce next steps.