Cabinet Office ignores court order to release secret fracking report – The Guardian

‘The Cabinet Office has defied a court order to release a secret government report on the UK’s fracking industry. Officials were expected to hand over the report on Monday, days before Britain’s first general election leaders’ debate on the climate crisis, after the information tribunal ruled it was in the public interest to disclose its findings in full.’

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The Guardian, 28th November 2019

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Supreme Court to rule next week on community benefit fund donations and material considerations for granting planning permissions – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 18th, 2019 in appeals, energy, local government, news, planning, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court will next week (20 November) hand down an imporrtant ruling on whether a council was entitled to take into account as a material consideration, when granting planning permission, the offer of a community benefit fund donation.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th November 2019

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Fracking: How The Police Response Is Threatening The Right To Protest – Rights Info

‘The UK government has announced an immediate moratorium on fracking. The decision came after new scientific analysis concluded it was not possible to “rule out future unacceptable impacts”.’

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Rights Info, 11th November 2019

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Environmental Law News Update – Six Pump Court

Posted November 7th, 2019 in bills, climate change, energy, environmental protection, fraud, news by sally

‘In this latest Environmental Law News Update, William Upton QC and Mark Davies consider developments regarding the Environment Bill, leadership in the climate crisis and a case against Exxon Mobil in the US for improper forecasting of the cost of climate regulation to its business.’

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Six Pump Court, 6th November 2019

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Can my landlord lock my thermostat in a box? – BBC News

Posted November 6th, 2019 in energy, houses in multiple occupation, landlord & tenant, news by sally

‘In a multi-occupancy dwelling like Alex’s, the landlord is permitted to control the heating, with no rules against boxing off the thermostat, experts say. The same is true of a standard rental property with fewer than three tenants, if the landlord pays the bills.’

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BBC News, 5th November 2019

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The problem with the Rights of Entry (Gas and Electricity Boards Act 1954) – No. 5 Chambers

Posted October 31st, 2019 in energy, injunctions, news, warrants by sally

‘How interim injunctive relief can assist both individuals and businesses when locked in a dispute with their energy provider.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 23rd October 2019

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Seahorses are to be given greater protection from oil drilling after a landmark High Court challenge – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 23rd, 2019 in animals, consultations, energy, environmental protection, judicial review, news by tracey

‘Seahorses are to be given greater protection from oil drilling off British coastlines after a landmark High Court challenge.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd October 2019

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When is a plant not a power plant? – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted August 1st, 2019 in construction industry, energy, news, statutory interpretation, waste by tracey

‘When it is a plant thermally treating waste. Or is it still a power plant? This was the question that Mr Jonathan Acton Davis QC had to grapple with in Engie Fabricom UK Ltd v MW High Tech Projects UK Ltd. As is often the case when it comes to the exclusions under section 105(2) of the Construction Act 1996, the answer was as clear as mud!’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 30th July 2019

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Legal Update: Section 73 Applications – No. 5 Chambers

Posted July 3rd, 2019 in energy, news, planning, road safety by sally

‘The planning permission is secured, the conditions are in place, now all that’s left is to commence development, right? Not necessarily. As planners you’ll be keenly aware that the road to development is not always smooth. Unexpected events occur, problems arise, and sometimes once permission has been obtained people are unable to comply with conditions or have a change of heart. Luckily, there are options available which do not necessarily mean going back to the drawing board.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 2oth June 2019

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Anti-fracking activists breached injunction, judge rules – The Guardian

‘Three anti-fracking protesters have been found to have breached an injunction designed to stop them demonstrating outside a fracking site in Lancashire, which they say has a “chilling effect on the right to peaceful protest”.’

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The Guardian, 28th June 2019

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Cadent handed record £44m penalty after customers left without gas – The Guardian

Posted May 23rd, 2019 in compensation, detention, duty of care, energy, inquiries, news by tracey

‘Ofgem takes action after tower block residents had no supplies for up to five months.’

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The Guardian, 22nd May 2019

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“Persons unknown” injunctions against future protest action – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In Boyd & Anor v Ineos Upstream Ltd & Ors [2019] EWCA Civ 515, the Court of Appeal handed down a fascinating judgment exploring the tension between the exercise of the rights to freedom of assembly and freedom of expression and the protection of property rights.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 10th April 2019

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Protesters hail legal victory over fracking firm’s injunction – The Guardian

‘Campaigners have hailed a legal victory against a multinational company that took out a “draconian and anti-democratic” injunction against protesters.’

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The Guardian, 3rd April 2019

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Mixed fortunes for UK government in planning rulings – OUT-LAW.com

‘The UK government has successfully defended a legal challenge against its decision to adopt a new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in England last year, but guidance contained in that framework concerning ‘fracking’ has been ruled to be unlawful.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 8th March 2019

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Fracking: Government guidance ‘unlawful’ rules High Court – BBC News

‘New government guidance on fracking is unlawful, the High Court has ruled.’

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BBC News, 6th March 2019

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The Cost Of Sickness: Mental Health Conditions Cost People Over £1000 A Year – Rights Info

Posted March 6th, 2019 in energy, internet, mental health, news, utilities by sally

‘A person suffering from mental health issues could be paying as much as £1,100 to £1,550 a year more than someone without a condition on necessities such as phone, internet and electricity bills, according to new research by Citizens Advice.’

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Rights Info, 4th March 2019

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Anti-fracking campaigner loses challenge over refusal by inspector to adjourn – Local Government Lawyer

‘A campaigner against fracking has failed in a High Court claim that a planning inspector’s refusal to adjourn an inquiry was a breach of the rules of natural justice.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th February 2019

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GCHQ spy centre falls foul of law – over environmental permit – The Guardian

Posted January 30th, 2019 in energy, environmental protection, intelligence services, licensing, news by sally

‘The UK government’s internet surveillance centre, GCHQ, may be aware of many things, but the need for an environmental permit for its backup power generators is not among them. The site’s generators do not have the necessary paperwork and so are being run unlawfully, it has been revealed.’

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The Guardian, 29th January 2019

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Energy suppliers to face tighter rules, says Ofgem – BBC News

Posted January 9th, 2019 in consumer protection, energy, licensing, news by sally

‘Energy regulator Ofgem is to tighten up the rules for new suppliers of gas and electricity after nine new entrants ceased trading.’

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BBC News, 9th January 2019

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UK fracking policy faces court challenges – The Guardian

‘Ministers face a pair of legal challenges to their planning rules on fracking this week, from a national environmental group and the son of fashion designer Vivienne Westwood.’

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The Guardian, 16th December 2018

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