Definition of Hydraulic Fracturing

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Dear Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy,

I refer to your response to FOI #424943 raised by Lorraine Inglis.

You clarify the definition of hydraulic fracturing as "using either 10,000 cubic metres of fluid in
total or 1,000 cubic metres of fluid at any stage (rather than at every stage, as used by the
European Commission)" and refer to The Petroleum Licensing (Exploration and Production (Landward Areas) (Amendment) (England and Wales) Regulations 2016.

This statutory instrument def provides a definition of “Relevant Hydraulic Fracturing” which corresponds to your explanation, but it only relates to specifically defined "Protected Areas".

Can you please clarify whether this definition refers to protected areas only or in general?

Yours faithfully,

Ada Zaffina

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