Shale/geothermal — compulsory access rights ‘in the national interest’
By Humphrey Douglas
The UK Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has published the ‘Consultation on Proposal for Underground Access for the Extraction of Gas, Oil or Geothermal’, which suggests a compulsory land access right below 300m.
While such proposal was expected in relation to the UK’s developing shale industry, it is interesting to see such proposal aligned also to the non-fossil-fuelled geothermal industry.
While geothermal technology may appear somewhat esoteric compared with shale these days, DECC notes that, unlike petroleum developments (which have compulsory land access rights for horizontal drilling, etc, underground, pursuant to the Mines [Working Facilities and Support] Act 1966, as applied by section 7 of the Petroleum Act 1998), geothermal projects cannot use the Petroleum Act rights to access private land sub-surface (where a landowner withholds consent), and hence apparently need a new such right. While geothermal power technology is perhaps not popularly associated with horizontal drilling, DECC note that directional drilling is required to locate the best point from which to withdraw water, and for separation of colder water reinjection, not to mention where district heating networks may require horizontal drilling…
Click on the link below to read the rest of the Dentons briefing.
News from Dentons
News from The Lawyer
Briefings from Dentons
A report issued by WP 29 has raised concerns regarding certain limitations in Québec’s scheme of protection for personal information.
Employer did not breach safety-reprisal settlement when it dismissed employee after harassment investigation
An employer that dismissed an employee after a harassment investigation did not breach a previous safety-reprisal settlement with the employee, the OLRB has held.
Analysis from The Lawyer
The continent’s boom in natural resources and renewable energy is sparking an infrastructure drive
Shearman & Sterling is making its presence felt in the City, squaring up to magic circle firms and looking to muscle in on key relationships. Private equity house Bridgepoint is one outfit that has had its head turned by the US firm.