Petroleum Act 1998
|Long title||An Act to consolidate certain enactments about petroleum, offshore installations and submarine pipelines.|
|Text of statute as originally enacted|
|Text of the Petroleum Act 1998 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from legislation.gov.uk|
|Revised text of statute as amended|
Part I Petroleum (sections 1 to 9)
Section 4 has further clauses on licence provisions. Section 50 of the Infrastructure Act 2015 appended this section. It defines 'associated hydraulic fracturing' as more than 1,000 cubic metres of fluid per stage, or more than 10,000 cubic metres of fluid in total. In addition, conditions were attached that mean no fracking can take place at a depth shallower than 1,000 meters, and that soil and air monitoring must be put in place. The regulations state that "The associated hydraulic fracturing will not take place within protected groundwater source areas". 'Protected groundwater source area' does not appear to be defined.