DECC Department of Energy and Climate Change – a government department
PEDL Petroleum Exploration and Development Licence
ERA Environmental Risk Assessment
EIA Environmental Impact Assessment – For Fracking it is conducted by the operator!!
MPA Mineral Planning Authority MPA are part of the Planning department of the County Council
EA Environment Agency – a non-departmental government body sponsored by DEFRA
DEFRA Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
BGS British Geographical Survey – the BGS advises the government on Geoscience. It is partly government funded.
HSE Health and Safety Executive – the national independent watchdog for work-related health, safety and illness
OGA Oil and Gas Authority – a sort of subset of the DECC
HRA Habitats Regulations Assessment – EU regulations insist on this to help protect wildlife etc.