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Queen’s speech: Fracking allowed on private land

1 Jun, 2014

British media leak news that, in her June 4th speech to Parliament setting the proposed government agenda, Queen Elizabeth II will recommend an infrastructure and competitiveness bill that changes trespassing laws to permit shale gas exploration firms to drill on private land without the owner’s permission.  The owner of one of the leading companies had earlier told media that it would be impractical to negotiate drilling rights with each individual landowner.