The Government consultation document on changing the trespass laws.
Last chance for your input! - Closes 14th August 2014
It has been acknowledged by Industry and Government that if people retain their land rights in the UK, fracking cannot happen. The considerable and widespread opposition can currently create legal 'land blocks', as instigated by those genius folk in Fernhurst and the Greenpeace 'Wrongmove' campaign. Gone are the days when Government and Industry said 'we will only do this with community support'. Now the Growth and Infrastructure Bill, launched during the Queen's speech in June, aims to remove our land rights and give access rights to the oil and gas industry instead.
The Infrastructure Bill started off in the House of Lords and will reach its committee stage on Tuesday 14th October. However, the pages related to fracking are still blank! The pages are not written, and yet the Lords are being required to 'read it'! This is an abuse of parliamentary procedure and democracy. Lord Adonis said:
"The noble Baroness said, if I noted it down correctly, that this legislation is “still being developed”. If I may say so, that is one of the most remarkable statements I have heard from a Minister while introducing a Bill, which the House would expect to be fully developed at the point of introduction. Instead, we have a major heading, “Fracking”, and a long spiel from the noble Baroness about how this will be vital for the future energy needs of the country, but the following pages are blank. With respect, that is no way to treat Parliament or your Lordships. In the vernacular, the Government are legislating on the hoof—or perhaps I should say on the future hoof, as we do not even know what hoof they are going to be legislating on hereafter."