Fracking ban in national parks, as Govt shale gas push begins
Commenting on the Government decision today (Monday 28 July 2014) to introduce a new presumption against fracking in designated areas, such as national parks, which comes as a bidding process for licenses to extract shale gas from large parts of the UK begins, Friends of the Earth energy campaigner Tony Bosworth said:
“By protecting national parks and other special places, ministers accept that fracking risks impacts on the local environment – this safeguard should be offered to communities too.
“The Government’s desperate obsession with shale gas will continue to send shock waves across the UK, with millions of people now facing the prospect of fracking on their doorstep.
“The benefits of UK shale gas have been seriously over-blown, and most experts agree that it won’t cut fuel bills.
“Fracking is not the answer to our energy problems. If we want to boost energy security, tackle rising fuel prices and cut carbon we should be investing in efficiency and renewable power.”