Statutory guidance

Shale gas exploratory operations: technical guidance

Detailed guidance on the environmental regulations applying to shale gas exploratory operations

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This guidance has been archived and replaced by the onshore oil and gas sector guidance: Onshore oil and gas exploration and extraction: environmental permits.


Shale Gas Exploratory Operations: Technical Guidance

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This document is designed to make it easier to understand what environmental regulations apply to the activity of exploring for, and assessing the quantity and quality of, natural gas in shale formations in England.

Published 3 September 2013