Infrastructure Bill [HL]

to be moved
in grand committee

[Supplementary to the Seventh Marshalled List]

Before Clause 28




Insert the following new Clause—

“Shale gas extraction: baseline monitoring

(1)     No shale gas extraction can take place before the operator has measured the
baseline levels of methane in the water over a 12 month period.

(2)     After section 199(1) of the Water Resources Act 1991 (Notice etc. of mining
operations which may affect water conservation) insert—

(1A)    Notices under subsection (1) must, in the case of shale gas
extraction, include baseline levels of methane in the groundwater.

(1B)    All notices under subsection (2) must include monitoring over a 12
month period.”


Insert the following new Clause—

“Shale gas extraction: planning

(1)     All applications for planning permission to the relevant local authority
(including for sites of less than one hectare) for the purpose of extracting
shale gas must include—

(a)   an Environmental Impact Assessment; and

(b)   the well-by-well disclosure of—

(i)   the composition of any hydraulic fluid employed; and

(ii)   the quantity of such hydraulic fluid employed.

(2)     After Schedule 2, section 2(d)(iii) of the table of the Town and Country
Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2011 insert—

(iv) Shale gas

(iii) in relation to shale gas
extraction, all areas of works,
including under 1 hectare.

(3)     The list of statutory consultees for applications for shale gas extraction shall
include the relevant local water company.”

Prepared 22nd August 2014