Clarification on suggested links with hydraulic
fracturing or " fracking"
It is factually incorrect to link the Mineral Registration
Programme with fracking. The Church Commissioners are
registering their mineral interests in line with the Land Registry
requirements, as any responsible landowner is doing before the end
of October deadline. This work started in 2004. This does not
create any new interests or rights and is confined to properly
registering what the Commissioners have in most cases owned for
many years, and in some cases for centuries. There is absolutely no
link with fracking.
We would make clear that this is just a registration and
protection exercise to protect existing rights and interests made
vulnerable by the change in the law. There are no particular plans
to mine under any property. The focus is registration and