10 Sep '12, 8am

Charities warn Government over #shale gas - RSPB, Friends of the Earth and WWF write to Ed Davey to u

The RSPB, Friends of the Earth and WWF say the environmental impacts of shale gas extraction are not yet fully understood, and the regulations currently in place around it are inadequate. The organisations have written to Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey to urge caution. They are asking that Government demonstrates that shale gas exploitation in the UK meets two key tests. Firstly, shale gas must not endanger the UK’s ability to deliver on its climate change commitments. Evidence suggests that the overall climate impact of shale is greater than conventional gas and could be as high as that of coal, and that exploiting the world’s resources of unconventional gas will do nothing to prevent dangerous levels of climate change. Secondly, shale gas exploitation must not be at the expense of nature. This means that Government and the industry need to prove that shale ...

Full article: http://www.wwf.org.uk/what_we_do/press_centre/?6193/Chari...

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