Fossil Fuels: Exploration

Department for Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 23rd February 2015.

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Photo of Anne McIntosh Anne McIntosh Chair, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the inspection process is for onshore gas and oil exploration.

Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State for Portsmouth, The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

Onshore oil and gas exploration must be approved by the relevant environmental agency and the Health and Safety Executive and pass through the planning system. Consent from DECC is also required before drilling activities can commence.

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