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Notices of Amendments

 

given on

 

Monday 8 December 2014

 

Public Bill Committee


 

Infrastructure Bill [Lords]


 

Tom Greatrex

 

Clause  38,  page  45,  line  22,  at end insert—

 

“(4A)    

The Secretary of State shall, before the award of licences in relation to the use of

 

deep-level land for onshore oil and gas exploration, issue additional planning

 

guidance introducing a presumption against such developments within or under

 

protected areas and functionally linked land.”

 

Tom Greatrex

 

Clause  39,  page  45,  line  32,  leave out “any substance” and insert “substances

 

approved by the Environment Agency”

 

Tom Greatrex

 

Clause  39,  page  46,  line  2,  after “use”, insert “, subject to the conditions laid out in

 

planning permission”

 

Tom Greatrex

 

Clause  39,  page  46,  line  3,  at end insert—

 

“(4)    

 

(a)    

The right of use shall be conditional on operators undertaking site-by-site

 

measurement, monitoring and public disclosure of existing and future

 

fugitive emissions.

 

(b)    

in this section, “fugitive emissions” shall mean releases arising from, but

 

not limited to, flaring, venting, storage and transportation leakages.”


 
 

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, continued

 
 

Tom Greatrex

 

NC1

 

To move the following Clause

 

         

“Exploitation of petroleum on deep-level land: cumulative impacts

 

The Secretary of State should amend the National Planning Policy Framework to

 

require planning authorities to consider the cumulative impacts of exploiting

 

petroleum on deep-level land.”

 

Tom Greatrex

 

NC2

 

To move the following Clause

 

         

“Underground access: environmental protection

 

(1)    

All sites extracting petroleum under the provisions of section 38 must—

 

(a)    

carry out an Environmental Impact Assessment;

 

(b)    

ensure that independent inspections are carried out of the integrity of

 

wells used;

 

(c)    

publicly disclose the chemicals used for the extraction process, and the

 

proportions in which they are used on a well-by-well basis;

 

(d)    

consult with the relevant water company; and

 

(e)    

carry out monitoring over the previous 12 month period.

 

(2)    

The Secretary of State shall by regulations specify what data shall be required

 

under paragraph (e).

 

(3)    

Regulations under subsection (2) must specify as required data the levels of

 

methane in the groundwater and ecological studies, that data shall include but is

 

not limited to levels of methane in the groundwater and ecological studies.

 

(4)    

Regulations under subsection (2) must be made by statutory instrument and may

 

not be made unless a draft of the instrument has been laid before and approved by

 

a resolution of each House of Parliament.”

 

Tom Greatrex

 

Clause  39,  page  46,  line  3,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

Before a well design is commenced or adopted in connection with the

 

exploitation of petroleum the right of use requires the Health and Safety

 

Executive to inspect the well so as to satisfy itself that—

 

(a)    

so far as is reasonably practicable, there can be no unplanned escape of

 

fluids from the well; and

 

(b)    

risks to the health and safety of persons from it or anything in it, or in

 

strata to which it is connected, are as low as is reasonably practicable.

 

( )    

Where the Health and Safety Executive is satisfied that a condition in subsection

 

( ) is met, it shall give notice to the Secretary of State.

 

( )    

The Secretary of State shall publish the information received from the Health and

 

Safety Executive in accordance with sub-paragraph ( ).”

 

Tom Greatrex

 

Clause  36,  page  39,  line  10,  after “industry”, insert “and the co-ordination of the

 

transportation and storage of CO2”


 
 

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, continued

 
 

Tom Greatrex

 

NC3

 

To move the following Clause

 

         

“Shale gas extraction: devolution

 

(1)    

The Scotland Act 1998 is amended as follows.

 

(2)    

In Schedule 5, Part II, section D2, after “gas other than through pipes.”, insert—

 

            

“The licensing of onshore shale gas extraction underlying Scotland.

 

            

Responsibility for mineral access rights for onshore extraction of shale

 

gas in Scotland.”

 


 
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