National Trust and fracking

We have a presumption against fracking on National Trust land because natural gas is a fossil gas. The mining process also gives rise to potential environmental and landscape impacts.

Fossil gas is a finite resource that can only be mined and not harvested – it is not renewable. Its combustion produces greenhouse gases which we believe contribute to climate change. Climate change has a significant adverse impact on our core purpose of looking after special places, for ever for everyone.

View across the Brockhampton Estate in Herefordshire with some farmed land and some woodlandWhilst the use of natural gas might buy time to develop secure, renewable alternative energy sources, it also risks distracting us from focusing on the development of these and on the need for us all to concentrate on using less energy in the first place.

A presumption against extracting and increasing the supply of natural gas from our own properties is consistent with our approach to our own energy use and generation. This is firstly to reduce our consumption of it at National Trust directly managed properties, and then to generate as much renewable energy as we reasonably can in a way that respects the landscape and environment. We have set ourselves targets for both energy use reduction and renewable energy generation.

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36 thoughts on “National Trust and fracking

  1. Pingback: National Trust and fracking | Eco Mummy

  2. Well done National Trust. A bold and clear stance. You are to be applauded. I do hope your members who are not online users will be able to read this statement. Hearts and minds!

  3. You wonderful people. May many more follow your example and speak against this. We live on a small island filled with beautiful countryside and special environments. Their protection for posterity is not up for sale.

  4. Bearing in mind our farm land adjoins the National Trust’s land, we happy to read about their view on Fracking.

    Brief, non alarmist, yet firm and to the point… Why crap on one’s own doorstep… Indeed why crap on anyone else’s door step either? Renewables are the only real way forward.

    Beautifully put NT!

  5. Well done with this statement National Trust however this must only be the beginning of your defense of our special places and landscapes against this serious threat. The Fracking industry is one of the most devious industries on the planet not to be trusted or believed in any quarter. If we allow them an inch they will take 300miles and all we love will be destroyed. Please stand firm and fight for what is right.

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  7. Thank you National Trust for your clear stand on this. Our Earth is invaluable and you taking this stance may help to set a precedent that our Earth comes first.

  8. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Please release this as a statement to the media, we need your voice added to the cacophony of people and organisations against fracking. We must make our government hear us.

  9. I hope the National Trust will also ‘Cold Shoulder’ any politician who is pro fracking. If they are pro fracking they are not environmental or heritage friendly and therefore they are no friend of the National Trust and we should have nothing to do with them.

  10. Fracking in the neighbourhood of Trust land is a direct breach of National Trust’s unique powers of inalienability. The Trust should use these powers to challenge the likes of cuadrilla and other fracking speculators.

    Oil reserves e.g. under Brownsea, are owned by the crown and not NT, so the Trust has a more limited challenge to the ownership of oil extraction rights. However the gases within the rocks is not owned by the crown, and on NT land is therefore inalienable.

    • David I am very interested in what you are saying about the gases within the rocks not being owned by the crown. I take it that this applies to everyone’s land in the UK? Could you put up your reference for this information it could prove very useful in many places.

  11. Our “democratically” elected leader should be listening to the people who elected him, not the oil and gas exploration companies, to whom he should instead be saying: – “Frack off”: – I want to protect the people who voted for me and their children!

  12. Got a shock this morning – http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/environment/article3902868.ece What on earth is Helen thinking??

    Face book has lit up on this and it is not good for the NT at all. Bad Bad move. I am seriously concerned as to who she has been listening to, has she forgotten what job she is doing or is one of her government pals pulling her strings? The number one remit for the National Trust is to ‘Protect our land and heritage FOR EVERYONE FOR EVER’ How could anyone who truly believes in the remit of the Trust contemplate any notion of letting the Dirty Fracking Industry anywhere near NT land – this will not end well.

    Very disappointed

    Karen :(

  13. BROADCAST FROM THE NATIONAL TRUST

    Don’t panic about fracking, everyone – as soon as CCS becomes viable, we can give fracking the greenlight. The frackers can still inject billions of litres of toxic-laden precious freshwater into the earth at high pressure, cause a few tremors, contaminate ground- & surfacewater, poison our air with BTEX fumes from compressor stations, of course – but hey don’t worry they’ll capture the methane so climate change won’t be an issue and we’ll all be just hunky dory! Don’t worry your little heads, now! :-)

  14. Why have the National Trust changed their mind about fracking?
    How can Ghosh justify the differing stance to wind turbines?
    Why does this announcement come just before the AGM, such that there is no time to get it added to the agenda?

    I think the NT should have expanded upon its original stance and not allowed horizontal drilling under its land.

    Ghosh should resign now. I will not be renewing my family membership.

    • Hi Simon
      Just to be 100% clear. We have not changed our stance on fracking. We have a presumption against fracking on National Trust land because natural gas is a fossil gas. The mining process also gives rise to potential environmental and landscape impacts.

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