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Fracking: A nature conservation issue

The UK government has been very clear in its support for fracking, with talk of tax breaks for developers, shortened timescales for issuing permits and the fact that no areas of England are off-limits.

A significant concern is the potential scale of commercial extraction. Thousands of sites, each one bigger than a football pitch, could be needed to extract up to 10 per cent of our shale gas reserves in the north of England alone. This could change our countryside on a massive scale, impacting on already vulnerable habitats and wildlife. 

Fracking is also enormously water-intensive, requiring the equivalent of 102 Olympic swimming pools per well pad just to get it up and running. This drain on our waterways and reservoirs could have a devastating effect, especially in areas already prone to drought.

Finally, the government has failed to demonstrate how developing the shale gas industry is compatible with our climate change commitments and our ability to meet our legally-binding climate targets. With climate change being the single biggest threat to us, our wildlife and our environment, this is a very serious concern. 

We have joined with our Climate Coalition partners to ask the Government to put the brakes on fracking, and lead in the development of clean, renewable energy, instead of tying us in to an even greater reliance on fossil fuels for decades to come.

How you can help

Join us in asking the Government to reconsider its position on fracking.

the Climate Coalition