Members at the Tinker Lane CLG will be aware that we are hoping to arrange for the Trust’s Head of Conservation Janice Bradley to explain the processes employed to assess an application for unconventional gas extraction. Just as we are making those arrangement the Trust published an article on its website that features Janice Bradley and explains the Trusts view on the Misson Springs application and fracking applications generally. The Wildlife Trusts Recommendations generally are as follows:
To avoid and minimise the potential risks associated with hydraulic fracturing, The Wildlife Trusts believe that:
- All proposals for shale gas extraction should go through the full planning process and in each case include public consultation, compliance with EU Directives and a full Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).
- Planning consent should be refused for shale gas extraction in protected sites or where operations would pose a significant direct or in-combination impact to wildlife, habitats or ecosystems or where the potential risk of environmental damage is high, regardless of mitigation.
- There should be strict interpretation and enforcement of the regulatory regime to ensure that wildlife habitats and ecosystems are protected.
- The precautionary principle should always be adopted until adequate scientific evidence exists with regards to the immediate and long-term environmental impacts.