All communications between Env Agency and Dept Env regarding Fracking in UK

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Dear Environment Agency,
Can you please provide details of all communications between your organisation and the Dept of Environment (HMG), regarding Fracking in UK. Thankyou.

Yours faithfully,

greenman

Enquiries, Unit, Environment Agency

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National Requests, Environment Agency

Dear greenman

 

Thank you for your request for details of all communications between your
organisation and the Dept of Environment (HMG), regarding Fracking in UK.

 

We are treating your enquiry as an Information Request under the
Environmental Information Regulations 2004/Freedom of Information Act
2000.

 

Your request will be dealt with by our National Request Team under
reference NR475

 

The Environment Agency covers England only.

 

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Kind regards,

 

Maria Bisby

Environment Agency

National Requests Team

Part of National Operations

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National Requests, Environment Agency

Dear Greenman,

RE: Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA) / Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR)

 

Thank you for your request for information relating to details of all
communications between your organisation and the Dept of Environment
(HMG), regarding Hydraulic Fracturing in UK.

 

We respond to requests for information that we hold under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (FoIA) and the associated Environmental Information
Regulations 2004 (EIR).

Within the EIR, regulation 12 allows a public authority to refuse to
disclose environmental information if an exception applies (under
paragraphs (4) or (5)) and the public interest in maintaining the
exception outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.  As
a public authority, we must apply a presumption in favour of disclosure.

 

We want to be as open as possible in answering requests, and to help
people obtain the information they are looking for. Unfortunately, in this
case the amount of information you have requested is very substantial.
Gathering it together would therefore be likely to involve a significant
cost and diversion of resources from the Agency’s other work.

 

Where responding to a request would take many hours, EIR Regulation
12(4)(b) allows a public authority to refuse to supply information because
the request is “manifestly unreasonable”. However, Regulation 9 of the EIR
also imposes a duty on us to advise and assist you so that it may be
possible to provide information which meets your needs without imposing a
disproportionate burden on us.

 

When we are considering whether or not to refuse, our decisions are based
on the time it would take us to comply with a request which would mean
redeploying officers and preventing them from doing their usual work.  The
timescale relates to the "appropriate limit" set out in the Freedom of
Information & Data Protection (Appropriate Limit & Fees) Regulations 2004,
which prescribe a maximum cost to a public authority of £450, (or 18
hours' work in the case of the Environment Agency).

 

In relation to this enquiry, we estimate that it would take in excess of
100 hours to comply with your request in its current form. This is based
on staff time locating, retrieving, editing and copying data from  paper
files/electronic records in a number of databases at offices across
several regions.

 

In order to help us bring your request within reasonable bounds, would you
be able to reduce the scope of your request to focus on the precise
information that you are seeking, for example, by:

 

§  limiting the time period;

§  reducing the geographic area;

§  being more specific about which indivuals you are interested in;

§  being more specific about the technical matter you are interested in
i.e. groundwater; waste; chemicals.

 

If you are unable or unwilling to narrow down your request we will, of
course, consider it in accordance with our obligations under the EIR.
However we wanted to give you an opportunity to reconsider your request
and describe more precisely the information you wish to have.

 

As we are required to respond to your request, we would be grateful to
hear from you as soon as possible as to how we should proceed.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Environment Agency

National Requests Team

Part of National Operations

03708506506

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National Requests, Environment Agency

Good morning,

 

We sent the email below to you on January 6 and as yet have not received a
reply.

 

Please could you let us know as soon as possible how you wish to proceed
and whether you are able to narrow your request.

 

Regards

 

National Request Team

Environment Agency

 

From: National Requests
Sent: 06 January 2016 13:51
To: '[FOI #307677 email]'
Subject: NR475

 

Dear Greenman,

RE: Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA) / Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR)

 

Thank you for your request for information relating to details of all
communications between your organisation and the Dept of Environment
(HMG), regarding Hydraulic Fracturing in UK.

 

We respond to requests for information that we hold under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (FoIA) and the associated Environmental Information
Regulations 2004 (EIR).

Within the EIR, regulation 12 allows a public authority to refuse to
disclose environmental information if an exception applies (under
paragraphs (4) or (5)) and the public interest in maintaining the
exception outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.  As
a public authority, we must apply a presumption in favour of disclosure.

 

We want to be as open as possible in answering requests, and to help
people obtain the information they are looking for. Unfortunately, in this
case the amount of information you have requested is very substantial.
Gathering it together would therefore be likely to involve a significant
cost and diversion of resources from the Agency’s other work.

 

Where responding to a request would take many hours, EIR Regulation
12(4)(b) allows a public authority to refuse to supply information because
the request is “manifestly unreasonable”. However, Regulation 9 of the EIR
also imposes a duty on us to advise and assist you so that it may be
possible to provide information which meets your needs without imposing a
disproportionate burden on us.

 

When we are considering whether or not to refuse, our decisions are based
on the time it would take us to comply with a request which would mean
redeploying officers and preventing them from doing their usual work.  The
timescale relates to the "appropriate limit" set out in the Freedom of
Information & Data Protection (Appropriate Limit & Fees) Regulations 2004,
which prescribe a maximum cost to a public authority of £450, (or 18
hours' work in the case of the Environment Agency).

 

In relation to this enquiry, we estimate that it would take in excess of
100 hours to comply with your request in its current form. This is based
on staff time locating, retrieving, editing and copying data from  paper
files/electronic records in a number of databases at offices across
several regions.

 

In order to help us bring your request within reasonable bounds, would you
be able to reduce the scope of your request to focus on the precise
information that you are seeking, for example, by:

 

§  limiting the time period;

§  reducing the geographic area;

§  being more specific about which indivuals you are interested in;

§  being more specific about the technical matter you are interested in
i.e. groundwater; waste; chemicals.

 

If you are unable or unwilling to narrow down your request we will, of
course, consider it in accordance with our obligations under the EIR.
However we wanted to give you an opportunity to reconsider your request
and describe more precisely the information you wish to have.

 

As we are required to respond to your request, we would be grateful to
hear from you as soon as possible as to how we should proceed.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Environment Agency

National Requests Team

Part of National Operations

03708506506

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National Requests, Environment Agency

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Dear Greenman,

 

We wrote to you in January asking you to reduce the scope of your request
but as yet have not had a reply.

 

The email we sent is attached.

 

Please advise what you would like us to do as soon as possible.

 

Kind Regards

 

National Request Team

Environment Agency

 

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National Requests, Environment Agency

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Dear Greenman

 

With regards to your request, reference number NR475

 

Please find our response attached.

 

Kind regards

 

Maria Bisby

Environment Agency

National Requests Team

Part of National Operations

03708 506 506

[1][email address]

 

 

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