Greenpeace respond to 14th licensing round
Commenting on reports that the Government will announce
the start of the 14th onshore licensing round tomorrow, Greenpeace UK Energy
Campaigner Louise Hutchins said:
"The Government has fired the starting gun on a
reckless race for shale that could see fracking rigs go up across the British
countryside, including in sensitive areas such as those covering major
aquifers. Eric Pickles' supposed veto power over drilling in national parks
will do nothing to quell the disquiet of fracking opponents across Britain.
Ministers waited until the parliamentary recess to make their move, no doubt
aware of the political headache this will cause to MPs whose constituencies
will be affected.