Whilst the KM8 fracking fraternity await the Rt Hon Greg Clark's final approval for Third Energy's frack, it did strike it would be quite amusing if this was turned down, given the lengths Third have gone to to be first.
Most unlikely 'appointed Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy 2016' https://www.gov.uk/government/people/greg-clark
KM8 was approved by the planning committee of NYCC with much due process and diligence, all of which was recorded and can be found on the Tube.
Restricted by national policy frameworks that oversee the planning process is it little wonder that the local community feel slightly put out and claim that the 'dirty industry' of fracking has no social licence?
Interestingly, the PEDL's are in fact licences issued by National governance.
Many of the fracking industry do claim to uphold the right for lawful peaceful protest, eg Ineos, Third, Cuadrilla.
Many of the anti-fracking protestors are lawful and mindful of the health & safety issues, environmental risks & claim fracking causes a risk to public health.
Also many represent their local community and claim the industry and national decision makers are not listening.
It does seem rather odd that fracking activities are not subject to the Licensing Act 2003.
" (1)For the purposes of this Act the following are licensable activities—
(a)the sale by retail of alcohol,
(b)the supply of alcohol by or on behalf of a club to, or to the order of, a member of the club,
(c)the provision of regulated entertainment, and
(d)the provision of late night refreshment.
(2)For those purposes the following licensable activities are also qualifying club activities—
(a)the supply of alcohol by or on behalf of a club to, or to the order of, a member of the club,
(b)the sale by retail of alcohol by or on behalf of a club to a guest of a member of the club for consumption on the premises where the sale takes place, and
(c)the provision of regulated entertainment where that provision is by or on behalf of a club for members of the club or members of the club and their guests.
(3)In this Act references to the supply of alcohol by or on behalf of a club to, or to the order of, a member of the club do not include a reference to any supply which is a sale by retail of alcohol.
(4)Schedule 1 makes provision about what constitutes the provision of regulated entertainment for the purposes of this Act.
(5)Schedule 2 makes provision about what constitutes the provision of late night refreshment for those purposes (including provision that certain activities carried on in relation to certain clubs or hotels etc, or certain employees, do not constitute provision of late night refreshment and are, accordingly, not licensable activities).
(6)For the purposes of this Act premises are “used” for a licensable activity if that activity is carried on on or from the premises.
(7)This section is subject to sections 173 to 175 (which exclude activities from the definition of licensable activity in certain circumstances)."
"Responsibility for issuing licences now rests with local authorities, specifically ... unitary authorities, and district councils, who took over this power from the Justice of the Peace. These authorities are each required to establish a Licensing Committee, which acts in a quasi- judicial capacity under the Act. The powers of the Act came fully into force at midnight at the start of 24 November 2005."
It does seem rather odd that the Licensing Act 2003 does not include 'fracking' on its list of permittable activities.
One for the cleaners: -0