It now looks like the rush to get fracking has been slowed down. On 26 January the UK government accepted Labour proposals to tighten environmental regulations.
Significant regions of UK shale gas deposits have now been ruled out for exploitation. These include national parks and areas where drinking water is collected. One successful amendment to the bill means that potential fracking sites would be monitored for 12 months before any exploration takes place.
The change to trespass laws, which allow fracking under peoples’ homes without their permission, remains in the Bill. The Bill now goes to the House of Lords where further changes may be made.