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CPRE briefing: Response to Written Ministerial Statement on Fracking (May 2018)

In May 2018 the government released a Written Ministerial Statement with worrying proposals that would effectively fast track fracking proposals, make it easier to gain permission for exploration and curtail the power of local authorities to oppose applications through the planning system - sidestepping local opinion in favour of making decisions nationally. It plans to consult on these proposals over summer 2018 with an expectation that new measures would be announced later in the year.

CPRE is campaigning for the government to drop these new proposals and to halt fracking until a series of environmental criteria have been met.


Strategic Environmental Assessment for Further Onshore Oil and Gas Licensing: Environmental Report

CPRE's response focuses on “unconventional” oil and gas exploration and production, notably shale gas, which is also the focus for the Strategic Environmental Assessment Report itself. We draw on CPRE’s national policy position on shale gas and our subsequent work in this area, setting out CPRE's concerns over the limited application of the precautionary principle given the major uncertainties, the insufficient environmental protection offered by the draft licensing plan, and the potential cumulative impact on the landscape and climate change effects.



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