‘People should be kept in the loop on fracking’

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THE interests of local landowners are being supported by a council as the debate continues on fracking.

Hampshire County Council is insisting landowners are notified of potential underground work for oil, gas or shale gas extraction.

The government is reviewing the planning process and is considering amending the rules so applicants do not have to notify landowners of proposals for underground work.

But a council report states: ‘It is recognised that, in terms of unconventional oil and gas extraction, this is likely to entail contacting a large number of landowners. However, due to the significant public interest in this matter and the potential for unforeseen environmental consequences to arise from the shale gas extraction process, we believe this is justified.’