Mark criticises Government over fracking plans

Mark Williams, Member of Parliament for Ceredigion, has criticised the Government over its plans for fracking under Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, National Parks and Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

Mark took the unusual step of attending a Committee of which he was not a member to raise his concerns about the plans directly with the Minister.

The plans, which have been criticised by a number of organisations, including the RSPB, the National Trust, the Angling Trust and others, would see companies allowed to frack under previously protected areas, with Sites of Special Scientific Interest being dropped from the list of protected areas altogether.

Mark said “I was disappointed to hear the Minister attempt to justify fracking under Sites of Special Scientific Interest. These are areas that are home to some of our most rare and threatened wildlife, and there is real concern about the impact that fracking will have on them.

“During the debate on the Infrastructure Act, the Government agreed that fracking would be completely banned in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, National Parks and Sites of Special Scientific Interest. To make a u-turn on such an important safeguard is very concerning, and shows a serious lack of understanding by the Government of how delicate these areas are.

“My Liberal Democrat colleagues and I are calling on the Government to reverse these damaging plans, and to ensure that our important natural areas are fully protected from the dangers of fracking.”


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