Wednesday, April 13, 2016

New wave of fracking licences threatens hundreds of key English wildlife sites

Hundreds more of England’s most important wildlife sites are now at risk from fracking after the government opened up 1,000 sq miles of land to the controversial technology, a new analysis has found.

Among the 159 licences issued last month to explore for oil and gas onshore in the UK - likely to include fracking for shale oil or gas - are 293 sites of special scientific interest (SSSI), the definition given to an area protecting rare species or habitats.

Bempton Cliffs nature reserve is one of the 293 precious wildlife sites that could now be at risk from fracking. Photograph: John Giles/PA


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