Call for ‘frack-free zones’ to protect UK’s wildlife and water

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The UK should designate “frack-free zones” to protect the countryside from shale gas extraction because of the risk of polluting rivers and fragmenting many of Britain’s most valuable wildlife sites, according to a major study conducted for six countryside groups.

More than 500 sites designated by government for their importance to wildlife are located within areas currently under licence to fracking companies and a further 2,500 could be affected in the next licensing round, says the report commissioned by the National Trust, the RSPB, the Wildlife Trusts, Angling Trust, Salmon and Trout Association and Wildlife and Wetland Trust, which together have more than 6 million members.

via Call for ‘frack-free zones’ to protect UK’s wildlife and water | Environment | The Guardian.

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