The licences granted for areas of potential fracking do not give consent for drilling.
Companies then need:
- Landowner(s) agreement
- Planning permission
- Environment Agency permit
- Examination from the Health and Safety Executive
- Consent from the Department of Energy and Climate Change
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Mild but moist air moving in from the southwest over the next few days. Rather cloudy, with the risk of rain