Press release
Communities under threat as Govt publishes fracking 'roadmap'

Many communities across Britain face the threat of fracking in their neighbourhoods, Friends of the Earth warned today (Tuesday 17 December 2013), following the Government’s announcement of a fracking roadmap - the areas it intends to offer for onshore oil and gas licensing, and the potential impacts of this.

Friends of the Earth Energy Campaigner Tony Bosworth said:

“These plans cast a dark shadow over many communities across Britain who could now face the threat of fracking in their backyard.

“The Government admits shale gas and coal bed methane development could have significant impacts on local people and the environment, while experts say they won’t bring down energy bills.

“The best way to build an energy system that doesn’t cost the earth is by investing in a comprehensive efficiency programme and developing the UK’s huge renewable energy potential.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:
1. DECC - Environmental report for further onshore oil and gas licensing.
2. The Government report says there could be significant local impacts for air pollution, health, water treatment and landscape.
3. Shale gas: not all it’s fracked up to be: Friends of the Earth briefing

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