Press release
Shale report signals fracking threat to South East

Reacting to reports on the forthcoming British Geological Survey study of reserves in the Weald Basin, Friends of the Earth’s South East Regional Campaigner, Brenda Pollack said:

“These latest estimates will set alarm bells ringing across the South East of England where fracking firms seem intent on punching holes in some of Britain’s most beautiful countryside in the search for profits.
 
“No wonder the Government waited until after the elections to make this announcement as Lord Howell recently warned that fracking will cost the Tories thousands of votes in their heartlands.
 
“Shale oil and gas are not the solution to the UK's energy challenges. Rather than drilling for more dirty fossil fuels that will add to climate change, the Government should be backing renewable power and energy efficiency.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

1.    BBC News online: Huge oil reserves in southern England, report to say - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-27529175
2.    Journal of Energy Security: Lord Howell: British fracking policy – a change of direction needed - http://www.ensec.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=547:lord-howell-british-fracking-policy--a-change-of-direction-needed&catid=143:issue-content&Itemid=435
3.    Friends of the Earth briefing on fracking available at - https://www.foe.co.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/shale-gas-not-all-its-fracked-be-18119.pdf

 

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