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DRAFT GUIDANCE: ONSHORE OIL AND GAS AND COALBED METHANE

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Planning minister Sir Paul Beresford today announced the publication of new draft guidance on planning control over...
Planning minister Sir Paul Beresford today announced the publication of new draft guidance on planning control over onshore oil and gas extraction and, for the first time, the extraction of coalbed methane in England.

Sir Paul Beresford said: 'We have today issued guidance on oil and gas extraction and the extraction of coalbed methane for public consultation. While the guidance on oil and gas updates that previously contained in Circular 2/85, the guidance on coalbed methane extraction is the first that has been issued in respect of this important energy source. This is a new type of development for the UK, although the US has several years of fruitful experience.

'Both the industry and mineral planning authorities have sought guidance on how to handle the issues involved and I hope that the guidance given in our consultation draft will answer all the questions they may raise about this new type of development. We will of course consider carefully the comments we receive during the consultation period which will help us to produce clear and concise final guidance on this issue.'

-- Comments on the draft guidance are required by 10 December 1996 and copies are available from Room C16/19a, Department of the Environment, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 3EB.
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