In order to return a location to its former state, sites where fracking has taken place have to be properly decommissioned.
Simon Talbot, Managing Director of Ground Gas Solutions, says: “To ensure that a site is returned to its original condition, independent Post-Decommissioning Environmental Monitoring is carried out following restoration. The results of this survey are compared to the Baseline Monitoring Survey, which was carried out before site operations commenced, to demonstrate that no pollution is left at the site.”
The length of time it would take a site to be restored varies according to the geology of the area. However, the local council, who would decide if fracking is allowed to take place in a certain location, would require a suitable restoration plan as a condition of the planning permission1.