UK Regulator to Require New Permits for Onshore Oil Drillers

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The U.K.'s environmental regulator is set to require oil companies planning to drill onshore to apply for permits for mining waste and flaring, the Daily Telegraph reports Wednesday, without citing any sources.

The move by the Environmental Agency will extend rules already applied to shale gas fracking firms to companies planning to drill conventional wells onshore in the U.K. It follows a challenge by Friends of the Earth against a conventional well Cuadrilla plans to drill in Balcombe, West Sussex. The campaign group argued that under European regulations, the company required permits even though it has said it has no plans to frack in Balcomber, the paper says.

The EA did not immediately respond to request for comment.


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