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RSPB responds to fracking incentives announcement

Last modified: 13 January 2014

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The RSPB has responded with concern to the announcement from David Cameron today that councils will receive financial incentives to allow fracking in their areas.

Harry Huyton, the RSPB’s head of energy policy, said: 'Today’s announcement that local councils are to receive millions in business rates for shale gas developments that are permitted in their area undermines promises to ensure fracking operations do not damage our countryside and its wildlife.

'Rather than being rewarded for protecting the natural environment, councils are getting their bonuses for letting fracking take place. 

'The Environment Agency, which regulates the shale gas industry in England, is already dealing with severe budget cuts and increasing demands on its flood defence resources, raising concerns that they may not be able to properly manage the environmental impacts of fracking.

'Last year the Prime Minister promised that the UK’s regulatory regime for fracking was 'one of the most stringent in the world', yet the bodies responsible for delivering this regime are under growing pressure to give fracking the green light regardless of legitimate concerns about the risks posed to our countryside, wildlife and water resources.'

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