We welcome recommendations to ban fracking in special places

Morecambe Bay in Cumbria is one of many special places for nature that may be affected by the shale gas industry ©National Trust Images/David Noton

Morecambe Bay in Cumbria is one of many special places for nature that may be affected by the shale gas industry ©National Trust Images/David Noton

The National Trust welcomes today’s recommendations by the Environmental Audit Committee to ban fracking in protected and nationally significant landscapes.

The report released by an influential committee of MPs this morning, recommends that: ‘fracking must be prohibited outright in protected and nationally important areas including National Parks, the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Sites of Special Scientific Interest and ancient woodland, and any land functionally linked to these areas.’

As Europe’s largest conservation charity, the National Trust shares the MPs concerns about the impact of drilling and water contamination on our natural habitats and historic heritage, and we believe a strong regulatory regime throughout the fracking process is needed to ensure our special places are protected.

Peter Nixon, Director of Land, Landscape & Nature, said: “We are encouraged by the recommendations made in today’s Environmental Audit Committee report and whole-heartedly agree that fracking must be ruled out in the treasured landscapes that we love, such as National Parks, AONBs and SSSIs. We are calling for MPs to use their vote on today’s infrastructure bill to ensure our most sensitive places are protected from fracking and a robust regulatory system is put in place.”

Read the Are we Fit to Frack? report, which we launched with the RSPB and others in 2014, for more on our views.

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