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House of Commons

 
 

Notices of Amendments

 

given on

 

Tuesday 20 January 2015

 

For other Amendment(s) see the following page(s) of Supplement to Votes:

 

1397-1406 and 1407

 

Consideration of Bill


 

Infrastructure Bill, As Amended


 

John Mann

 

Clause  39,  page  45,  line  27,  leave out from “it is” to “area” and insert—

 

“(a)    

it is deep-level land,

 

(b)    

it is within a landward area, and

 

(c)    

the well shaft is not within two kilometres of any village or town.”

 

Norman Baker

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Clause  39,  page  45,  line  36,  at end insert—

 

“(6)    

The Secretary of State shall prevent the exploitation of shale oil or gas if either a

 

water company or the Environment Agency credibly asserts that to do otherwise

 

would—

 

(a)    

create substantial risks to public health due to potential contamination of

 

groundwaters from the extraction process; or

 

(b)    

create substantial risks to nearby surface waters due to potential

 

contamination from flowback and waste water arising from hydraulic

 

fracturing activity; or

 

(c)    

create substantial risks to the nearby environment due to potential

 

contamination from flowback and waste water arising from hydraulic

 

fracturing activity.”

 

Norman Baker

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

Caroline Lucas

 

NC6

 

To move the following Clause

 

         

“Hydraulic Fracturing exclusion zones

 

(1)    

The Petroleum Act 1998 is amended as follows.


 
 

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, continued

 
 

(2)    

In Section 3, after subsection (4), insert—

 

“(5)    

No licences shall be granted to search and bore for petroleum in protected

 

areas using the process of hydraulic fracturing.

 

(6)    

For the purposes of this section, “protected area” means—

 

(a)    

special areas of conservation under the Conservation (Natural

 

Habitats, &c) Regulations 1994,

 

(b)    

special protection areas under the Wildlife and Countryside Act

 

1981,

 

(c)    

sites of special scientific interest under the Wildlife and

 

Countryside Act 1981,

 

(d)    

national parks under the National Parks and Access to the

 

Countryside Act 1949,

 

(e)    

The Broads under the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads Act 1988, and

 

(f)    

areas of outstanding natural beauty under the Countryside and

 

Rights of Way Act 2000.”

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Clause  39,  page  45,  line  36,  at end insert—

 

“(5A)    

The use of hydraulic fracturing in connection with the exploitation of

 

unconventional petroleum shall be prohibited.

 

(5B)    

For the purposes of subsection (5A), “unconventional petroleum” means

 

petroleum which does not flow readily to the wellbore.

 

(5C)    

In section 3 of the Petroleum Act 1998, at the end of subsection (4) add “and

 

subsection (4A).

 

(4A)    

Nothing in this section permits the grant of a licence to search and bore

 

for and get unconventional petroleum in Great Britain.

 

(4B)    

For the purposes of subsection (4A), “unconventional petroleum” has the

 

meaning set out in section 38(5B) of the Infrastructure Act [2015].””

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ban fracking (the use of high volume hydraulic fracturing to extract oil and

 

gas) in the UK.

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Norman Baker

 

Page  39,  line  12,  leave out Clause 37.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This deletes the Clause that puts into primary legislation a new duty to maximise the economic

 

recovery of UK oil and gas.

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Norman Baker

 

Page  45,  line  22,  leave out Clauses 39 to 44.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This deletes the Clauses that seek to change the trespass law and introduce a new right to use deep-

 

level land, which would allow fracking companies to drill beneath people’s homes and land

 

without their permission and to leave any substance or infrastructure in the land.


 
 

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, continued

 
 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Tom Greatrex

 

Richard Burden

 

Page  34,  line  2,  leave out Clauses 30 to 32.

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Tom Greatrex

 

Richard Burden

 

Clause  28,  page  27,  line  9,  at end insert “provided that any designated property,

 

rights or liabilities to be transferred pursuant to a scheme—

 

(a)    

have been classified as surplus;

 

(b)    

do not compromise land forming part of a common, open space or fuel or

 

field garden allotment;

 

(c)    

do not extinguish any public right of way;

 

(d)    

are subject to transparent reporting of all aspects of the transaction to the

 

Land Registry; and

 

(e)    

shall be subject to a test of viability that is underpinned by guidance and

 

an open book approach.”

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Tom Greatrex

 

Richard Burden

 

Clause  33,  page  34,  line  36,  at end insert “and shall relate to buildings or

 

developments of any size”

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Page  45,  line  23,  leave out Clauses 39 to 44.

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Clause  39,  page  45,  line  29,  at end insert—

 

“(c)    

subject to the agreement of the owner of any land altered by the use.”

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Clause  39,  page  45,  line  32,  at end insert—

 

(a)    

The right of use shall be subject to the precautionary principle being

 

applied;

 

(b)    

The Environment Agency will determine whether the condition under

 

paragraph (a) has been met; and

 

(c)    

In this section, “precautionary principle” shall mean that no land is used

 

for the purposes of exploiting petroleum or deep geothermal energy

 

unless it is proved that it is not harmful to the environment.”

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Clause  39,  page  45,  line  33,  leave out “300” and insert “1000”


 
 

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, continued

 
 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Clause  40,  page  45,  line  17,  at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

The right of use shall be conditional on operators ensuring the—

 

(a)    

safe conveyance of wastewater from the site to a safe place of storage;

 

(b)    

effective treatment and disposal of wastewater from the site; and

 

(c)    

publication of the details of the treatment and disposal of wastewater

 

under sub-paragraph (ii).”

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Clause  40,  page  46,  line  6,  at end insert—

 

“(f)    

any substance used for the purposes of paragraph (d) must be—

 

(i)    

approved by the Environment Agency; and

 

(ii)    

publicly declared by the operator.”

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Clause  41,  page  47,  line  2,  at end insert—

 

“(c)    

to compulsorily purchase properties in the event of blight from the

 

activities of the extraction and exploitation of petroleum and geothermal

 

energy in deep-level land.”

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Clause  42,  page  47,  line  19,  leave out sub-paragraphs (i) and (ii) and insert “to

 

persons of specified descriptions”

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Clause  42,  page  47,  line  22,  leave out “within the area” and insert “on the Parish

 

Council noticeboard”

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Clause  42,  page  47,  line  24,  at end insert—

 

“(2B)    

Failure to display or publish notice under the terms of subsection (2) will negate

 

any right to exploit or extract petroleum or geothermal energy.”

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

NC7

 

To move the following Clause

 

         

“Environmental Impact Assessment: publication

 

(1)    

Any Environmental Statement undertaken in respect of the possible exploitation

 

of petroleum or deep geothermal energy, under the Town and Country Planning

 

(Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2011, must be publicised

 

before a planning application is submitted to the local planning authority and/or

 

the Secretary of State.

 

(2)    

The publication of an Environmental Statement under subsection (1) must be in

 

accordance with the procedures set out in Article 13 of the Town and Country

 

Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2010.”


 
 

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, continued

 
 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

NC8

 

To move the following Clause

 

         

“Impact on rural communities

 

The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs must, within one

 

month of this Act receiving Royal Assent, lay before the House of Commons the

 

full report on Shale Gas Rural Economy Impacts.”

 


 
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