Several of Britain’s most stunning landscapes could be fracked for oil and gas after the Government today invited bids from power companies for licences that would allow them begin job wherever they think resources can be discovered.
Ministers think fracking will make a significant contribution to the country’s future energy demands and are identified to see it
In the hope of relaxing conservationist concerns, the Government has drawn up guidelines that will use specifically to power companies intending to frack in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, World Heritage websites, National Parks, or on the Norfolk Broads. Each application for a licence to operate in among those areas will certainly be personally vetted by the Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles. The announcement, which accompanied magazine of the standards, included: “It is clear that applications should be refused in these areas aside from in exceptional scenarios and in everyone passion.”.
The Business and Energy Secretary, Matthew Hancock, that is opening up the bidding procedure today, declared that the Government’s assistance is solid enough to secure exceptional landscapes from industrial damage. He included: “Unlocking shale gas in Britain has the possible to give us with better electricity safety, tasks and growth.
Any fracking permit is likely to deal with a public objection, such as the project that last week quit Celtique Energie from discovering for underground gas and oil around the West Sussex community of Wisborough. During that demonstration, the Tory ex-minister Nick Herbert advised that “rural West Sussex could not become a carelessly industrialised landscape”.
Lord Howell, a previous minister and George Osborne’s father-in-law, has actually stated that fracking must be restricted to derelict parts of the north of England. He cautioned: “Every time ministers open their mouths to declare fracking needs to start anywhere in Britain, not simply in carefully chosen and remote areas, they lose countless Tory ballots.”
Will we allow fracking? Or frack this?