Over 50% of respondents to a recent CPRE survey do not want fracking thresholds to be relaxed. The results follow recent pleas from the fracking industry to slacken policies which requires fracking to be paused if it causes a tremor at a 0.5 magnitude or greater (D+I 07-Feb-19).
The survey sampled 1,600 people from across England and found just 24% would support weakening the threshold. More than half of the respondents (54%) felt the government should be considering the general public’s concerns above those of the fracking industry when making regulatory decisions.
As a result of the findings, CPRE is urging the government to listen to public concerns over fracking earthquake regulations. It calls on the government to issue a definitive statement confirming it will not weaken the standards.
Deputy chief executive at CPRE, Tom Fyans said: "If the government rolls over on this latest bout of industry lobbying and relaxes these standards to make way for more fracking – which exist to protect the public, our countryside and environment – it will only ramp up public opposition to new heights."