Creation of the UK Infrastructure Act

About the Creation of the UK Infrastructure Act Series

The UK Infrastructure Act was passed on February 12, 2015 by David Cameron’s coalition-government after much controversy and debate. The new act will see national parks and groundwater protection zones at risk from fracking as a result of government backtracking on amendments previously agreed to under the Infrastructure Bill – these originally aimed to increase the safety of hydraulic fracturing for shale gas.

Last-minute additions to the bill by the Liberal Democrats also saw a new definition of fracking enter the statute books. The Infrastructure Act also contains a clause which legally binds all future governments to maximise the economic recovery of UK petroleum. This means that every last drop of oil and gas must be extracted, directly contradicting the UK‘s 2008 Climate Change Act which requires the UK to reduce emissions by 80% and become a low-carbon economy. But as this DeSmog UK investigative series reveals, this controversial act has all the hallmarks of industry influence.

In This Series

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Shell, BP, Total UK and Centrica are just a few of the 15 oil and gas companies courted by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to help implement the Wood Review recommendation to max...
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A highly controversial clause was snuck into the Infrastructure Act last month mandating all future governments to extract every last drop of oil and bubble of gas out of the ground. And now George...
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Last week, DeSmog UK revealed how David Cameron’s government snuck a new definition of fracking onto the statute books. Kyla Mandel investigates where this definition actually came from. The defin...
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David Cameron’s government has snuck a new definition of fracking onto the statute books – allowing hydraulic fracturing for shale gas to take place outside the new regulatory regime.  Cuadrilla’s...
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Weak fracking rules have officially been enshrined in law as the controversial Infrastructure Bill became an act last night. The new act will see national parks and groundwater protection zones at ...
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Climate deniers Viscount Matt Ridley and Lord Nigel Lawson defended a controversial fracking U-turn by the Conservative-led government in the House of Lords last night that will reduce safety stand...
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Fracking lives to see another day in Britain as MPs overwhelmingly reject a proposal to place a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for shale gas. A mere 52 MPs voted in favour of the amendment to t...