To allay public anxiety of the dangers of onshore ‘fracking’ the govt insists that regulation by the bodies involved – the Environment Agency (EA), the Health and Safety Executive, (HSE), Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) and Public Health England (PHE) is of a ‘Gold Standard’ quality.
To this end, ‘drop-in’ meetings have been organised in areas where development licences (PEDLs) for ‘fracking’ have already been issued. The purpose of these meetings is to inform members of the public what the various agency roles will be in the regulation of onshore fracking in the UK.
The primary responsibility for regulating High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing (HVHF) – the unconventional method used for drilling for shale gas, lies with the EA and HSE.
As a concerned member of Frack Free East Yorkshire, I went along to this ‘drop-in’ to try, by questioning their representatives, to uncover a few details about their respective regulatory roles.