The Opposition Labour Party has confirmed it will support Government plans to change trespass laws to allow shale gas companies to drill under homes without the owner’s permission, according to Energy Minister Michael Fallon.
In a speech to the UK Shale 2014 conference, the DECC chief stated controversial proposals to allow the ground under properties to be fracked had now achieved cross-party consensus.
Labour’s support means the law change will now pass through Parliament unhindered following the completion of an ongoing consultation exercise in August.
The current trespass laws require people to give consent for shale gas and oil drilling under their property, but in the Queen’s Speech this month the Government announced that it will change the law to end this requirement in order to fast-track fracking.
The move could become a contentious issue in next year’s general election as disillusioned voters continue to complain of being disengaged with the political decision-making processes.
A recent YouGov survey of 1,898 people found that 74% opposed the controversial move, which underpins efforts to drive a “shale gas revolution” that could see fracking across swathes of the UK.