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Property Update: underground energy resources; development; flood insurance for domestic properties; and more

By Anne Waltham

As part of its support for energy development in the UK, the government has issued a consultation paper (‘Underground Drilling Access’, 23 May 2014) with proposals for legislation to govern access to underground land for the purposes of extracting shale gas, oil and deep geothermal energy.

There are a series of consent processes for companies wishing to drill:

  • Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)/Environment Agency initial licences
  • Access agreement with landowners
  • Planning permission
  • Environmental regulator permits
  • Well plan compliance with HSE regulations
  • DECC drilling or production consents

The consultation covers the second of these — landowner access — whereby companies wishing to carry out underground drilling must first negotiate access rights with a potentially large number of individual landowners for permission to drill through their land located above the area of any drilling…

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