Labour Proposes Tighter Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations
As part of the debate in the House of Lords of the controversial Infrastructure Bill, the UK Labour Party has proposed amendments to tighten regulation.
Under amendments proposed by Labour ahead of the debate in the House of Lords, hydraulic fracturing would be prohibited on any land that acts as a collection point for public drinking water.
In addition, the opposition is pressing to overturn an initial clause that would allow shale gas companies to avoid individual notifications for hydraulic fracturing activity.
Labour is also opposing a clause in the bill that would allow companies to place substances under residential areas and leave it there for storage.
These fresh suggestions add to Labour proposals from a previous debate on the Infrastructure Bill that advocated independent monitoring and inspection of gas well and protecting areas of particular value from any hydraulic fracturing activity.