15 Jan '12, 9am

Middle England and eco-activists unite in opposition to shale gas and #fracking

The UK's shale gas boom is spreading. After more than a year of exploratory drilling in Lancashire, new sites are now being established in the south-east of England. Unlike the road protests of the nineties where the car was king, this time the stockbroker-belt faces the despoiling of precious countryside and potentially, underground water supplies . Tom Leveridge, Senior Energy Campaigner for The Council for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) said: 'We’re very concerned. It’s [fracking’s] potential impact on the countryside remains unclear. We need more information if we’re to allow these processes to continue.' The CPRE represents a strong Middle England voice that is largely opposed to onshore wind farms and growing increasingly vocal in its opposition to shale gas and fracking. 'We’re developing a more robust policy position and our local groups are very keen to en...

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