Flaring of gas at onshore sites in England requires a permit from the Environment Agency and the consent of my rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State under the Energy Act 1976. Our policy is that any flaring should be reduced to the economic minimum.
In the Strategic Environmental Assessment carried out for the 14th onshore licensing round, the level of flaring for unconventional oil and gas was assessed to be 500,000 cubic meters of methane per fractured exploration well.