UKOOG welcomes gov' t commitment to legislate on land access
LONDON -- The UK Onshore Operators Group (UKOOG), the representative body for the onshore oil and gas industry, has welcomed the announcement in the Queen’s speech that the UK government is to legislate on land access issues for the onshore oil and gas and geothermal industries.
Ken Cronin, chief executive of UKOOG, commented: “The proposed legislation will bring the onshore oil and gas and geothermal industries into line with other activities, such as mining and utilities, and will have no noticeable effect on the lives of home and property owners.
“The onshore oil and gas industry is committed to working with local communities and operates within a regulatory system considered one of the best in the world. We have also brought forward proposals to share the benefits of shale gas exploration with local communities. It serves no one if an anomaly in the legal system allows the few to block access to much needed natural resources that lie deep below the surface of the UK and can benefit the whole of the country.”