Fracking regs tarnished – new report
An immediate moratorium on further unconventional gas and oil exploration and production – including fracking – is essential because regulation of the industry is inadequate, flawed or ineffectively applied and enforced, concludes a new review published today by Friends of the Earth.
The Coalition Government and industry have repeatedly claimed that UK fracking regulation is the world’s toughest and ‘gold standard’. But Friends of the Earth’s analysis identifies serious shortcomings which pose major risks from carbon emissions as well as to the local environment and nearby communities.
Friends of the Earth’s energy campaigner Tony Bosworth said:
“The Government and industry claim that the regulation of fracking in the UK is gold standard, but all that glitters is not gold.
“Where regulation exists, much of it is inadequate, flawed or ineffectively applied and enforced, which means big risks for the local environment and for the health of people living near drilling sites as well as increasing the risks of climate change.
“It’s time to suspend further activity while these risks are fully assessed to see if they can be controlled.” Continue reading A new report by FRIENDS OF THE EARTH