30 Jun '14, 8am

Allow fracking in national parks, says Environment Agency chief: Chris Smith, EA's outgoing chai...

Fracking in national parks should be permitted because the visual impact can be limited when the process is "done properly", the outgoing chairman of the Environment Agency has declared. Chris Smith, who is due to step down from the post next month, waded into the debate over fracking by dismissing the claims of those campaigning against the impact of the controversial drilling at particular sites. FURTHER READING Doctors prescribe more green energy and no fossil fuels Ofgem to crack down on false green energy tariff claims "Provided it is done carefully and properly regulated, those fears are definitely exaggerated," Smith said in an interview with the Times. He went on to reject the arguments of other anti-fracking campaigners who want to see greater emphasis placed on developing renewable energy sources rather than another fossil fuel. "I don't agree with that analysis ...

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