Fracking Of The Infrastructure Act 2015 Essay
Considering that the scientific study of the effects of fracking is “in its infancy” (Kovats et al, 2014), it will be argued that legal restraints should exist to minimise the risks of fracking in accordance with the precautionary principle.
Licensing and Permissions
Despite the “extensive uncertainties” surrounding the hazards of fracking (HC, 2015:3), it is suggested that the legal restraints on fracking within the permissions process provide inadequate protection against the health and environmental risks.
For fracking to occur, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) must grant a Petroleum Exploration Development Licence (PEDL) after a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) that considers the environmental effects of the proposed fracking development. However, the SEA appears flawed; the assessment assumes that all environmental and health hazards will be mitigated by appropriate regulation (Hawkins, 2015) despite legal…