“If fracking were proposed today on our land, we would say no”

Dame Helen Ghosh, Director-General of the National Trust, has written an open letter, published in today’s The Times, reasserting the National Trust’s commitment to renewables that work with the landscape and clarifying the organisation’s position on fracking:

“Sir, I want to reassure your readers and National Trust members that our policy has not changed – if fracking were proposed today on our land, we would say no (report, Oct 24).

“Climate change is one of the main long-term threats to the special places in our care, and we are committed to developing renewables that work in the landscape and deliver clean energy. Fracking perpetuates reliance on fossil fuels. Evidence about the impacts of fracking may change over time, but until that happens we fundamentally object to fracking on our land.”

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3 thoughts on ““If fracking were proposed today on our land, we would say no”

  1. “if fracking were proposed today on our land, we would say no” And what about tomorrow or next year? Why can she not say “Never”. Whatever happened to the concept of inalienable? As in “The National Trust Acts grant the Trust the unique statutory power to declare land inalienable.”

  2. There are times when people hide behind politic speak & spin and there are times when they should nail their colours to the mast. The time now is for the Trust to nail their colours to the mast and yet what Helen Ghosh has said is politic speak & spin. She is leading the Trust down a rocky path and the members will not appreciate it. Unless she can say unequivocally that Fracking will never be allowed on Trust Land she should resign and make way for someone who has the courage to stand up to the bullies that seem to be pulling the strings.

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