High Court rules that Mineral Planning Authorities are not bound by statutory definition of fracking and can apply their own wider definitions – Garden Court Chambers

‘Councillor Paul Andrews was seeking permission at the High Court on 5 November 2018 to judicially review the Government’s decision to issue a written ministerial statement (WMS) on 17 May 2018 regarding the way in which local authorities should determine planning applications for fracking operations.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 6th November 2018

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Coal mine could be built next to one of Northumberland’s most beautiful beaches after High Court appeal – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 11th, 2018 in appeals, energy, environmental protection, miners, news by sally

‘An opencast coal mine could be built next to one of Northumerbland’s most beautiful beaches after The Court of Appeal overturned Savid Javid’s decision to block the scheme.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th December 2018

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High Court: inspector entitled to approve revision to planning condition – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 5th, 2018 in energy, local government, news, planning, statutory interpretation by sally

‘A planning inspector did not exceed her authority when she granted permission to a wind turbine developer to build larger turbines than those provided for in the original planning permission, the High Court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 4th December 2018

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Government faces new legal challenge over plans to speed up fracking – The Guardian

Posted November 5th, 2018 in EC law, energy, environmental protection, local government, news, planning by sally

‘The government is facing a fresh legal challenge to its proposals to fast-track new fracking sites by loosening planning regulations.’

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The Guardian, 4th November 2018

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Injunction seeks to halt start of fracking at Lancashire site – BBC News

Posted October 8th, 2018 in energy, environmental protection, injunctions, news by sally

‘An injunction has been lodged to halt the start of fracking at one of the UK’s first horizontal exploration wells.’

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BBC News, 5th October 2018

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Government faces court action over ‘illegal’ planning policy – The Guardian

Posted September 4th, 2018 in energy, environmental protection, local government, news, planning by sally

‘The government is facing a legal challenge over its new planning policy, which campaigners say was illegally adopted because the government failed to assess its environmental impact.’

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The Guardian, 4th September 2018

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Tribunal allows capital allowances claim on hydro-electric scheme – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 16th, 2018 in energy, news, taxation, tribunals by sally

‘Capital allowances were available on part of the expenditure incurred by energy company SSE on a hydro-electric scheme, the UK’s First-tier tax tribunal has decided.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 15th August 2018

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SSE fined £1m for sending inaccurate customer statements – The Guardian

Posted June 8th, 2018 in energy, fines, news by sally

‘The big six energy supplier SSE has been ordered by regulators to pay out £1m for issuing more than a million misleading statements to vulnerable customers.’

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The Guardian, 7th June 2018

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New Acts – legislation.gov.uk

Posted May 24th, 2018 in data protection, energy, legislation, utilities by tracey

Data Protection Act 2018

Smart Meters Act 2018

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Solar power settlement is “largest ever” Human Rights Act payment – Litigation Futures

Posted April 5th, 2018 in compensation, energy, environmental protection, human rights, news by sally

‘A law firm has said it has helped obtain the “largest ever sum” recovered by a Human Rights Act claim, after the government settled longstanding litigation by solar energy companies at just under £60m.’

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Litigation Futures, 5th April 2018

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Regulator Ofgem temporarily bans energy company Iresa from taking on new customers – The Independent

Posted March 27th, 2018 in complaints, energy, licensing, news, ombudsmen by tracey

‘Energy company Iresa has been temporarily banned by the industry regulator from taking on new customers or increasing existing customers’ direct debits for up to three months until it resolves a series of service issues.’

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The Independent, 27th March 2018

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Energy price cap: Government to introduce legislation to limit how much power firms can charge – The Independent

Posted February 26th, 2018 in competition, energy, news by tracey

‘A bill introducing an energy cap for 11 million households across Britain will be introduced to Parliament today. The Government claims the Domestic Gas and Electricity Bill, which will allow the regulator Ofgem to limit tariffs until 2020, could save people up to £100 a year.’

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The Independent, 26th February 2018

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I can serve this only once – gas safety certificates – Nearly Legal

Posted February 12th, 2018 in energy, health & safety, housing, landlord & tenant, news, regulations by tracey

‘Caridon Property Ltd v Monty Shooltz. Central London County Court. 2 February 2018 (from note of judgment). This was an appeal to a circuit judge of a first instance decision of District Judge Bloom (who is an experienced housing lawyer). The circuit judge was HHJ Jan Luba QC (a very experienced housing lawyer).’

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Nearly Legal, 11th February 2018

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Water into gas should not go – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 5th, 2018 in appeals, compensation, energy, news, repairs, water, water companies by sally

‘When the supply of gas to your house fails, you are entitled to compensation from the gas undertaker for the inconvenience. If that failure has been caused by another utility’s burst water main, the gas undertaker may seek to recoup its expenses for repair to its own infrastructure and the compensation it has had to pay out to consumers. A simple enough picture.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 3rd February 2018

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Judges reject fracking appeals but campaigner vows to go to Supreme Court – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 16th, 2018 in appeals, energy, news, planning by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has rejected a legal challenge to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government’s decision to grant planning permission for exploration works to test the feasibility of “fracking” at two sites in Lancashire.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th January 2018

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Judges reject fracking appeals but campaigner vows to go to Supreme Court – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 15th, 2018 in appeals, energy, environmental protection, local government, news, planning by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has rejected a legal challenge to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government’s decision to grant planning permission for exploration works to test the feasibility of “fracking” at two sites in Lancashire.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th January 2018

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INEOS Upstream Ltd & Ors v Persons Unknown [2017] EWHC 2945 (Ch) – Falcon Chambers

Posted December 8th, 2017 in demonstrations, energy, environmental protection, injunctions, news by sally

‘Acting for the UK’s largest holder of licences for onshore shale gas exploration, and a number of private individuals, Janet Bignell QC and Gavin Bennison have successfully obtained the long-term continuation of interim injunctions restraining a wide range of unlawful conduct by protestors opposed to hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’). The injunctions were initially obtained on an ex parte basis in July 2017, and continuation was secured with only minor modification at an opposed hearing on 12 September 2017. At a three-day hearing in November 2017 before Morgan J which attracted considerable media interest, the claimants resisted applications to discharge the injunctions brought by two well-known “anti-fracking” campaigners.’

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Falcon Chambers, December 2017

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Environmental Law News Update – Six Pump Court

Posted November 23rd, 2017 in climate change, energy, environmental protection, news, regulations, roads, transport by sally

‘In this latest Environmental Law News Update William Upton, Nicholas Ostrowski, Frances Lawson and Mark Davies consider the failure of Highways England’s plan for a Kent Lorry Park, the recent publication of the Environment Agency’s Enforcement and Sanctions Guidance, revisions to the EU ETS and the Powering Past Coal Alliance, and the new Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017.’

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Six Pump Court, 20th November 2017

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Little Plumpton fracking households to share £100,000 – BBC News

Posted November 7th, 2017 in compensation, energy, news by tracey

‘Residents living near a fracking site in Lancashire are to receive up to £2,000 each as part of a shale gas exploration payment from Cuadrilla.’

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BBC News, 6th November 2017

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Judicial review appeal fails in UK diverted profits tax case – OUT-LAW.com

‘Oil and gas distributing company Glencore Energy’s application for judicial review of the issue of a diverted profits tax (DPT) charging notice by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has been rejected for a second time.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 3rd November 2017

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