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Minerals UK – MineralsUK is the British Geological Survey’s Centre for Sustainable Mineral Development.
This website has a wealth of information on mineral resources, mineral planning, policy and legislation, sustainable development, statistics and exploration.
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Legislation & policy for land use and minerals planning
In Britain the legal framework for land use planning is largely provided by Town and Country Planning legislation. This aims to secure the most efficient and effective use of land in the public interest and to reconcile the competing needs of development and environmental protection. It has an important role to play in contributing to the Government’s strategy for promoting sustainable development. Most forms of development in the UK, including mineral extraction and related activities, require planning permission before development can take place.
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Regulatory Roadmap: Onshore oil and gas exploration in the UK regulation and best practice
This set of documents aims to help operators understand the regulation process for onshore oil and gas (shale gas) exploration in the UK.
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Infrastructure Act 2015
The Infrastructure Act 2015 containts provisions for planning development and infrastructure projects in the United Kingdom. The act targets “transport, energy provision, housing development and nationally significant infrastructure projects”, and has been – because of its provisions on hydraulic fracturing – the subject of controversy. For more see Wikipedia article on Infrastructure Act 2015.
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The Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing (Protected Areas) Regulations 2016
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UK Onshore Shale Gas Well Guidelines – Issue 3 (March 2015)
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The Petroleum Licensing (Exploration and Production) (Landward Areas) Regulations 2014
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Planning practice guidance for onshore oil and gas
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Petroleum Acts
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Continental Shelf Acts
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The Shale Gas Office: Informational background papers and comments on existing regulations by Mike Hill C.Eng. MIET.

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Northern Ireland

Infrastructure Act 2015 The Infrastructure Act 2015 containts provisions for planning development and infrastructure projects in the United Kingdom. The act targets “transport, energy provision, housing development and nationally significant infrastructure projects”, and has been – because of its provisions on hydraulic fracturing – the subject of controversy. For more see Wikipedia article on Infrastructure …

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Scotland

Moratorium on fracking, 28 January 2015 – Scottish Government “Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has announced in January 2015, that there is to be a moratorium on granting consents for unconventional oil and gas developments in Scotland whilst further research and a public consultation is carried out. The decision comes days after the UK Government …

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Wales

Infrastructure Act 2015 The Infrastructure Act 2015 containts provisions for planning development and infrastructure projects in the United Kingdom. The act targets “transport, energy provision, housing development and nationally significant infrastructure projects”, and has been – because of its provisions on hydraulic fracturing – the subject of controversy. For more see Wikipedia article on Infrastructure …

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