Fracking must be regulated, says Trust

Poorly-regulated fracking risks harming threatened species and polluting our waterways, according to a report produced by wildlife and countryside groups.

The report, Are We Fit to Frack?, was launched last week by a number of groups including the National Trust, RSPB and The Wildlife Trusts. The report contains ten recommendations for making fracking safer as the Government continues its push to get companies to apply for licences to explore and drill for shale gas.

Mike Pratt, chief executive of Northumberland Wildlife Trust, said: “The Government’s dash for shale gas must not run ahead of our ability to effectively regulate, minimise or eliminate the serious risks fracking poses. This report clearly identifies a range of deficiencies which mean we’re not currently fit to frack without unacceptable risks to wildlife, special places and local communities across the country.”