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Policy recommendations for a robust regulatory framework for the shale gas industry in the UK

Our view on unconventional hydrocarbon extraction (hydraulic fracturing/fracking)

We believe that extraction of hydrocarbons by hydraulic fracturing/fracking could pose environmental risks ranging from contamination of aquifers to accidental release of chemicals. There must be strict interpretation and enforcement of the regulatory regime to ensure that wildlife habitats and ecosystems are protected from the potentially damaging effects of hydraulic fracturing/fracking.

Our full position statement is available to download below.


The Wildlife Trusts and partners report, 'Are We Fit to Frack?'

The Wildlife Trusts have developed a report, ‘Are We Fit to Frack?’ in partnership with Angling Trust, National Trust, The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Salmon & Trout Association and Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT). The first part of this report summarises the environmental risks posed by the shale gas industry in the UK, based on an evidence review entitled Hydraulic Fracturing for Shale Gas in the UK: Examining the Evidence for Potential Environmental Impacts. The second part of this report proposes 10 recommendations to address these risks and to ensure that regulation for the shale gas industry is fit for purpose.

Download ‘Are We Fit to Frack?’ below.



FilenameFile size
Are We Fit To Frack March 2014.pdf1.26 MB
Avon Wildlife Trust Position Statement On Unconventional Hydrocarbon Extraction.pdf89.34 KB