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Fracking: Planning rules must protect communities and environment
by Stuart at 2013-07-16 16:47:36 (News)
Government planning guidance on fracking, due to be published later this week, must protect communities and play its part in meeting UK climate targets, Friends of the Earth warned today. The environment charity also said the guidance must be subject to public consultation - as is normally the case for planning guidance.
Ministers are due to publish planning guidance for local authorities before Parliamentary summer recess, which begins on Friday. Friends of the Earth is concerned that the Government's priority will be to fast-track the exploration and production of shale gas at the expense of the wellbeing of local people and the environment.

The environmental campaigning charity says planning guidance on fracking must ensure that:

" UK commitments "to secure radical reductions in greenhouse gas emissions" - as set out in the National Planning Policy Framework 2012 - are not undermined; [note 3]

" groundwater pollution is prevented [note 4, 5];

" comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessments are conducted for all applications [note 6]

Friends of the Earth also says the Government's proposed planning guidance on fracking must be subject to consultation to allow the public to give their views on it.

Friends of the Earth's Planning Campaigner Naomi Luhde-Thompson said:

"The planning system should be used to safeguard the long-term interests of local people and the environment - this mustn't be sacrificed simply to satisfy the Government's addiction to fossil fuels.

"The Government's wild-eyed reverence for the new god of shale is completely misguided. It's polluting and threatens communities' quality of life, and there is plenty of evidence to show it won't slash fuel bills.

"We need urgent action to tackle the energy and climate crisis we face, focusing on cutting energy waste and rapidly developing a power system based on renewables."

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Stuart

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