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UK plans to lure shale developers with trespass law

The UK is poised to reform trespass laws, so onshore oil, gas and geothermal producers will be able to drill under privately-owned land without first seeking consent of the landowner

The Infrastructure Bill was made public in the Queen’s speech, delivered to parliament on 4 June. The bill aims to encourage development of the UK’s domestic energy reserves, such as shale and North Sea reserves, by clarifying and streamlining the underground access regime. “Legislation will be introduced to help make the United Kingdom the most attractive place to start, finance and grow a business,” the Queen said. “The (Infrastructure) Bill will enhance the UK’s energy independence and security by opening up access to shale and geothermal sites and maximising North Sea resources.” The speech outlined the government’s key objectives for the coming year. It is not designed to reflect the

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