Creation of the UK Infrastructure Act

The UK Infrastructure Act was passed on February 12, 2015 by David Cameron's coalition-government after much controversy and debate. The new act will see national parks and groundwater protection zones at risk from fracking as a result of government backtracking on amendments previously agreed to under the Infrastructure Bill – these originally aimed to increase the safety of hydraulic fracturing for shale gas.

Last-minute additions to the bill by the Liberal Democrats also saw a new definition of fracking enter the statute books. The Infrastructure Act also contains a clause which legally binds all future governments to maximise the economic recovery of UK petroleum. This means that every last drop of oil and gas must be extracted, directly contradicting the UK's 2008 Climate Change Act which requires the UK to reduce emissions by 80% and become a low-carbon economy. But as this DeSmog UK investigative series reveals, this controversial act has all the hallmarks of industry influence.

In this series

Shell, BP, Total UK and Centrica are just a few of the 15 oil and gas companies courted by the...
By Kyla Mandel, 15 Jun, 2015
A highly controversial clause was snuck into the Infrastructure Act last month mandating all future...
By Kyla Mandel, 11 Mar, 2015
Last week, DeSmog UK revealed how David Cameron’s government snuck a new definition of fracking...
By Kyla Mandel, 26 Feb, 2015
David Cameron’s government has snuck a new definition of fracking onto the statute books – allowing...
By Kyla Mandel, 20 Feb, 2015
Weak fracking rules have officially been enshrined in law as the controversial Infrastructure Bill...
By Kyla Mandel, 13 Feb, 2015
Climate deniers Viscount Matt Ridley and Lord Nigel Lawson defended a controversial fracking U-turn...
By Kyla Mandel, 10 Feb, 2015
Fracking lives to see another day in Britain as MPs overwhelmingly reject a proposal to place a...
By Kyla Mandel, 27 Jan, 2015
The UK’s climate change ambition will be undermined if the duty to maximise oil and gas extraction...
By Kyla Mandel, 15 Jan, 2015
A moratorium on fracking in the UK – or even a complete ban – will be sought by Green Party MP...
By Kyla Mandel, 14 Jan, 2015