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(2)    

The Health and Safety Executive will be responsible for monitoring the

 

requirement under subsection (1).”

 


 

Caroline Lucas

 

Norman Baker

 

Mr Adrian Sanders

 

Stephen Lloyd

 

Mr Michael Thornton

 

John McDonnell

 

Jeremy Corbyn

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

Mr Alan Reid

 

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.

 

Joan Walley

 

Mark Lazarowicz

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Dr Matthew Offord

 

Mrs Caroline Spelman

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Zac Goldsmith

 

Katy Clark

 

Martin Caton

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  37,  page  39,  line  17,  leave out “the objective of maximising the economic

 

recovery of UK petroleum, in particular through” and insert “not the objective of

 

maximising the economic recovery of UK petroleum but ensuring that fossil fuel

 

emissions are limited to the carbon budgets advised by the Committee on Climate Change

 

and introducing a moratorium on the hydraulic fracturing of shale gas deposits in order to

 

reduce the risk of carbon budgets being breached, in particular through—”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This reflects the conclusions from an inquiry into the Environmental risks of fracking by the

 

Environmental Audit Committee, whose report is published on 26 January (Eighth Report, HC

 

856).

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

Joan Walley

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  37,  page  39,  line  31,  at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

A strategy must be compatible with the Climate Change Act 2008.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This would require strategies drawn up under clause 37 on maximising the economic recovery of

 

oil and gas to be compatible with the Climate Change Act 2008, thereby avoiding the risk that the

 

Secretary of State could, as a result of clause 37, be required to fulfil conflicting duties.


 
 

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Caroline Lucas

 

Norman Baker

 

Helen Jones

 

Mr Adrian Sanders

 

Stephen Lloyd

 

Ms Margaret Ritchie

 

Mr Michael Thornton

 

John McDonnell

 

Jeremy Corbyn

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

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.

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

Martin Horwood

 

Mr Adrian Sanders

 

Mr John Leech

 

Norman Baker

 

Stephen Lloyd

 

Annette Brooke

 

Mr Michael Thornton

 

Mr Alan Reid

 

Mr Mark Williams

 

Clause  39,  page  45,  line  25,  leave out “petroleum or deep geothermal energy” and

 

insert—

 

“(a)    

petroleum; or

 

(b)    

deep geothermal energy.

 

(1A)    

The right under (1)(a) only applies if the Committee on Climate Change’s most

 

recent report under section (Committee on Climate Change Shale Gas Reports)

 

concludes that shale gas exploitation leads to a net reduction of UK carbon

 

emissions.

 

(1B)    

The carrying out of hydraulic fracturing in connection with the exploitation of

 

unconventional petroleum is not allowed unless the Committee on Climate

 

Change’s most recent report under section (Committee on Climate Change Shale

 

Shale Gas Reports) concludes that shale gas exploitation leads to a net reduction

 

of UK carbon emissions.”

 

John Mann

 

Andrew Percy

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Clause  39,  page  45,  line  27,  leave out from “if” to end of line 29 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.”

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Ms Margaret Ritchie

 

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

 

“(c)    

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


 
 

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Sir John Randall

 

Zac Goldsmith

 

Mrs Cheryl Gillan

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

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

 

“(c)    

outside:

 

(i)    

Special Areas of Conservation under the Conservation (Natural

 

Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994,

 

(ii)    

Special Protection Ares under the Wildlife and Countryside Act

 

1981,

 

(iii)    

Sites of Special Scientific Interest under the Wildlife and

 

Countryside Act 1981,

 

(iv)    

National Parks under the National Parks and Access to the

 

Countryside Act 1949,

 

(v)    

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

 

(vi)    

Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty under section 82 of the

 

Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.”

 

Andrew Miller

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

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

 

“(c)    

subject to the prior collation of existing environmental data and that data

 

is published in a form that enables it to be subject to scientific peer

 

review.”

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Ms Margaret Ritchie

 

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.”

 

Tom Greatrex

 

Richard Burden

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Clause  39,  page  45,  line  33,  leave out “300 metres” and insert “1,000 metres”

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Joan Walley

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  39,  page  45,  line  33,  leave out “300 metres” and insert “950 metres”

 

Secretary Patrick McLoughlin

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  39,  page  45,  line  34,  leave out subsection (5)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment, which removes a restriction on the exercise of the right of use in Scotland, is


 
 

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consequential on amendments 96 to 99 (under which the right of use will not be exercisable in

 

Scotland).

 

Tom Greatrex

 

Richard Burden

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

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

 

“(6)    

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.”

 

Norman Baker

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Mr Adrian Sanders

 

Stephen Lloyd

 

Annette Brooke

 

John McDonnell

 

Jeremy Corbyn

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

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.”

 

Caroline Lucas

 

John McDonnell

 

Jeremy Corbyn

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

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.


 
 

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(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.

 

Mr Elfyn Llwyd

 

Hywel Williams

 

Jonathan Edwards

 

Mr Mark Williams

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

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

 

“(6)    

This section shall not extend to Wales unless an order authorising it has been

 

passed by the National Assembly for Wales.

 

(7)    

An order under subsection (6) may contain any conditions which the Assembly

 

deems appropriate.”

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Joan Walley

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

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

 

“(5A)    

The Secretary of State shall be required to commission and consider reports on—

 

(a)    

The cumulative impacts of water use in hydraulic fracking of exploratory

 

and productive gas wells;

 

(b)    

The cumulative impacts of flowback and waste water arising from

 

hydraulic fracking activity; and

 

(c)    

The cumulative impacts on communities of road and vehicle movements

 

from hydraulic fracking activity

 

    

 Before providing any permissions for exploitation of petroleum on deep level

 

land where one or more exploitation facility exists within one mile of a proposed

 

site.”

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Ms Margaret Ritchie

 

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.”

 

Tom Greatrex

 

Richard Burden

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Clause  40,  page  46,  line  17,  at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

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


 
 

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(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.

 

(3B)    

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

 

(3A ) is met, it shall give notice to the Secretary of State.

 

(3C)    

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

 

Safety Executive in accordance with subsection (3A ).”

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Clause  40,  page  46,  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

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  40,  page  46,  line  17,  at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure)

 

(England) Order 2010 is amended to include the relevant water company as a

 

statutory consultee for planning applications relating to onshore oil and gas

 

operations.”

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  40,  page  46,  line  17,  at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure)

 

(England) Order 2010 is amended to include the relevant internal drainage board

 

as a statutory consultee for planning applications relating to onshore oil and gas

 

operations.”

 

Secretary Patrick McLoughlin

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  40,  page  46,  line  26,  leave out “or delict”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment, which removes a limitation on a person’s liability in the Scottish law of delict in

 

respect of exercise of the right of use, is consequential on amendments 96 to 99 (under which the

 

right of use will not be exercisable in Scotland).

 

Nick Herbert

 

Sir Nicholas Soames

 

Eric Ollerenshaw

 

Mark Menzies

 

Andrew Percy

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  41,  page  46,  line  41,  leave out “may” and insert “shall”


 
 

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Nick Herbert

 

Sir Nicholas Soames

 

Eric Ollerenshaw

 

Mark Menzies

 

Andrew Percy

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  41,  page  46,  line  44,  leave out “may” and insert “shall”

 

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.”

 

Nick Herbert

 

Sir Nicholas Soames

 

Eric Ollerenshaw

 

Mark Menzies

 

Andrew Percy

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  41,  page  47,  line  4,  after “the”, insert “minimum”

 

Nick Herbert

 

Sir Nicholas Soames

 

Eric Ollerenshaw

 

Mark Menzies

 

Andrew Percy

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  41,  page  47,  line  5,  after “payments”, insert “which shall be calculated as a

 

percentage of the gross value of the gas extracted”

 

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

 

Ms Margaret Ritchie

 

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.”


 
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