Landowners Group Calls for Reassurance on Relaxing Access Rights
The Country Land and Business Association (CLA), the membership organization for owners of land, property, and businesses in rural England and Wales, on 23 April said reports of a potential announcement relaxing access rights for shale gas operators should come as “little surprise.”
The organization said the government has already made clear its commitment to developing the shale gas industry, but landowners need reassurance if access rights for hydraulic fracturing are relaxed.
CLA President Henry Robinson said, “The shale gas industry has consistently pointed to subsurface access rights as a major barrier to the investment and development of fracking.
“This potential announcement is hardly surprising but landowners must be given assurances over what is happening on their land and any liability removed.
“It is vital that any new system put in place recognizes landowners existing rights by providing adequate compensation for any losses incurred and provides a better way to develop an industry in the national interest.”