Results from shale gas dialogue reflected in support for community engagement in fracking legislation
The Infrastructure Bill, debated and passed by the House of Commons debate on 26 January 2015, included a new clause on arrangements for hydraulic fracturing (fracking). This clause (19) introduced 'necessary conditions' before any future hydraulic fracturing could take place, which included two provisions related to community consultation - the focus of the Sciencewise co-funded public dialogue project on shale gas. The two provisionsin the Bill are:
"(i) unless a provision is made for community benefit schemes to be provided by companies engaged in the extraction of gas and oil rock;
(j) unless residents in the affected area are notified on an individual basis".
These issues were discussed as part of the dialogue project; with the dialogue project report identifying caveats for community benefit schemes and suggestions for engagement approaches.
See related project page: Public engagement in shale gas and oil developments