Ruislip & Eastcote & Northwood Gazette

Fracking for gas would devastate countrysid­e


THE brutal reality of fracking is that to get any meaningful amount of gas from the ground would require wholesale devastatio­n of the countrysid­e.

The numbers are horrifying. Previous research has shown we’d need 6,100 fracking sites – that’s one new site a day for 15 years – to replace half the gas we currently import.

That would require approximat­ely 3,500 hectares of land, or around 4,900 football pitches.

That’s why, leaving aside any environmen­tal concerns, fracking is the least popular and least effective way of enhancing energy security. The reason it was banned is because people wanted it banned.

Allowing fracking in the two southern ‘jurassic’ areas, in particular, would be likely to have major visual and polluting impacts on some of our most valuable countrysid­e and coastline, particular­ly the Jurassic Coast and the South Downs National Park.

Similar damage in the northern area would directly impact the Peak District National Park.

Shale gas deposits in the UK are located under major population centres.

Huge swathes of the northwest and Yorkshire and large south coast resorts and ports, primarily in Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and Dorset, would be directly in the firing line.

Tom Fyans Director of campaigns and policy at


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