Shale gas and the technique used to extract it (fracking) attract strong views on either side of the debate. The planning system will inevitably be a focus for objectors, so it’s useful to know how planning fits into the overall regulatory framework.
SEPA have an excellent diagram showing the respective roles of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the planning authority, SEPA, the Health and Safety Executive, and the Coal Authority. Their Frequently Asked Questions provides very useful background information on potential environmental impacts, and the differences between shale gas and coal bed methane (collectively referred to as unconventional gas).
On February 8, 2013