Campaigners call for ban on fracking in national parks, despite government pledge

Campaigners call for ban on fracking in national parks, despite government pledge

Campaigners call for ban on fracking in national parks, despite government pledge

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Anti-fracking campaigners in the New Forest are refusing to drop their guard – despite a Government pledge to protect precious parts of the countryside.

Ministers have announced that fracking will only be allowed in national parks and other areas of outstanding natural beauty in what they describe as “exceptional circumstances”.

But the announcement has failed to satisfy opponents of the controversial technique, which has been linked to earthquakes and other environmental problems.

Critics are calling for an outright ban on fracking in national parks and other environmentally-sensitive areas.

Commenting on the wording of the Government statement, Mike Chilcott, secretary of the New Forest Association, said: “It’s that built-in loophole that gives us concern – it’s just the sort of thing that gives developers hope.”

Fracking involves drilling thousands of feet underground and then pumping in pressurised water to crack the rocks and release trapped pockets of shale gas.

Members of the New Forest National Park Authority (NPA) include David Harrison, county councillor for Totton and Marchwood South.

He said: “I would have preferred the Government to be bold and announce that fracking will never be permitted in any of our national parks.”

But NPA officers appear to have been reassured by the Government’s announcement.

Paul Walton, head of environment and rural economy, said: “We welcome the Government’s intention to safeguard National Parks to ensure these iconic landscapes continue to receive the highest status of protection.”

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3:02pm Tue 29 Jul 14

muscliffman says...

No problem. If all the NIMBY (and that is precisely what they are) objectors would be kind enough to return home and switch off their own electricity at the master box switch and turn off their mains gas supply taps, then we probably wouldn't need to frack for this valuable natural gas.

In the USA domestic energy bills have dropped by over 40% entirely because of shale gas, so please just get on with it!
No problem. If all the NIMBY (and that is precisely what they are) objectors would be kind enough to return home and switch off their own electricity at the master box switch and turn off their mains gas supply taps, then we probably wouldn't need to frack for this valuable natural gas. In the USA domestic energy bills have dropped by over 40% entirely because of shale gas, so please just get on with it! muscliffman
  • Score: -2

4:42pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Ophilum says...

The greens don,t want you to have any type of power as they want you to go back to the dark age with them in charge, for green you get red, like watermelons green on the outside Red on the inside.
Frack away so long as you do it environmentally safely i say.
The greens don,t want you to have any type of power as they want you to go back to the dark age with them in charge, for green you get red, like watermelons green on the outside Red on the inside. Frack away so long as you do it environmentally safely i say. Ophilum
  • Score: -2

8:22pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Lewcee says...

Can't drill down here? No problem, we'll drill sideways, suckers!
Can't drill down here? No problem, we'll drill sideways, suckers! Lewcee
  • Score: -2

9:20am Wed 30 Jul 14

The Liberal says...

muscliffman wrote:
No problem. If all the NIMBY (and that is precisely what they are) objectors would be kind enough to return home and switch off their own electricity at the master box switch and turn off their mains gas supply taps, then we probably wouldn't need to frack for this valuable natural gas.

In the USA domestic energy bills have dropped by over 40% entirely because of shale gas, so please just get on with it!
I don't think they're NIMBYs. How many people live in national parks? Also, there's little likelihood of energy bills dropping due to fracking in the UK. Even Lord Browne, chairman of fracking company Cuadrilla, has admitted it’s unlikely to have much impact if any, since all gas is sold and bought via the European market. So anyone supporting fracking purely on that basis is seriously misguided.
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: No problem. If all the NIMBY (and that is precisely what they are) objectors would be kind enough to return home and switch off their own electricity at the master box switch and turn off their mains gas supply taps, then we probably wouldn't need to frack for this valuable natural gas. In the USA domestic energy bills have dropped by over 40% entirely because of shale gas, so please just get on with it![/p][/quote]I don't think they're NIMBYs. How many people live in national parks? Also, there's little likelihood of energy bills dropping due to fracking in the UK. Even Lord Browne, chairman of fracking company Cuadrilla, has admitted it’s unlikely to have much impact if any, since all gas is sold and bought via the European market. So anyone supporting fracking purely on that basis is seriously misguided. The Liberal
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