Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing said he will oppose any move to strip the rights of homeowners to bar fracking companies from drilling under their homes.
Currently, the UK government is considering proposals that would allow energy firms to drill under residential areas with few, if any restrictions. The companies will be granted automatic access rights that are limited to drilling at depths of at least 300 meters (1,000ft)
“We have to have a proper debate about this,” said Mr. Ewing in an interview with BBC Scotland News.”Simply proceeding by threatening to remove people’s rights without any consultation with the people of Scotland is quite simply wrong. We are taking a cautious approach yes, we are taking an evidence based approach. We are looking at matters further and if we decide that it may provide opportunities for Scotland, then perhaps it should be done in a controlled considered way, in appropriate parts of Scotland.”
Fracking or hydraulic fracturing is controversial method of blasting a high-pressure mixture of water, sand and chemicals in order to create tiny fractures in the underground rocks in order to release the oil or gas trapped within. Environmentalists and members of public have resisted any attempts to have fracking employed in UK, saying it pollutes groundwater sources and causes earthquakes.
However, the government has been trying to drum up support for fracking by saying that it will only happen in deeper depths of more than 5,000 feet (1.5km). It also proposes to pay communities a one-time compensation of 20,000 pounds for every horizontal well that is drilled more than 200 meters long. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.
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