Skip to: top navigation | main navigation | main content

Don't weaken fracking regulations, says 54% of general public

General - Fracking

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."

Previous article / Next article / Back to News / Back to Top

© Development + Infrastructure. You may circulate web links to our articles, but you may not copy our articles in whole or in part without permission

CORRECTIONS: We strive for accuracy, but with deadline pressure, mistakes can happen. If you spot something, we want to know, please email us at: news@environment-analyst.com
We also welcome YOUR NEWS: Send announcements to news@environment-analyst.com