UKOOG: Greenpeace's Anti-Fracking Plan 'Misleading'

The UK Onshore Operators Group (UKOOG) described as "misleading" a statement made Monday by Greenpeace in which the environmental organization said it would encourage UK landowners to join together in legal opposition to hydraulic fracturing for shale oil and gas.

Greenpeace maintains that, under English law, companies need permission from landowners to drill under their land to avoid being held liable for trespass. The organization said it wanted landowners to object to fracking and create a legal block to it.

However, responding to the statement UKOOG Chief Executive Ken Cronin said:

"This announcement today by Greenpeace is extremely misleading. Operators in this country are abiding by the law which states that activities at depths of over a mile under the ground do not impact landowners. However in line with the law, operators will inform all landowners in a very clear and transparent manner.

"Underground working is hardly something that is employed by just the oil and gas industry but includes, pipelines, fiber optics, geothermal energy and transport tunneling to name but a few.

"We would welcome the opportunity to have a constructive dialogue with Greenpeace and other environmental groups. This is an industry that has successfully been drilling for oil and gas onshore for over 150 years and has the opportunity to provide jobs, tax revenues, electricity and gas for citizens of this country for a long time to come and at a time when it has been shown we need it most."

Recent months have seen protests against UK shale firm Cuadrilla Resources drilling for oil at Balcombe, West Sussex, while the company also announced earlier this month that it had quit a potential exploration site in northern England over concerns that its operations would disrupt bird life.

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Andy Potter | Oct. 15, 2013
When are the NIMBYs going to "get real"? I anyone wants to protest against fracking let them turn up on a Donkey and declare that they will never again use fossil fuels. Let them sign-up to use only renewables (at the renewable rate) Only run an electric only vehicle, campaign to set-up wind farms and solar all over the place. The rest of the world still needs clean carbon energy until we make massive real positive progress. The USA is rapidly gaining advantage with their huge price advantage on gas both for fuel and industrial feed stocks. Lets reserve a special Nimbyland area for all those that want to opt-out of modern society and then folks can choose how they want to live in the future. Most of us want to keep the lights on this winter and for our grand-childrens future. Let them try power cuts in Nimbyland. Power failures would soon make the London riots seem very peaceful. Who wants to return to the dark ages? I dont!

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