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Results from shale gas dialogue reflected in support for community engagement in fracking legislation

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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