LETTER: Fracking destroys our treasured national parks

Investment in new fossil fuels  such as fracking  should be halted says a correspondent. See letter

Investment in new fossil fuels  such as fracking  should be halted says a correspondent. See letter

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It is bizarre that almost immediately after the closure of Kellingley Colliery, this country’s last deep mine we learn that the Government has held a vote on a ‘deferred motion’ to allow hydraulic fracturing ‘fracking’ for shale gas, in some of our treasured national parks, including our own Peak District.

To many of us this appears to be the height of folly. As Dennis Skinner MP stated on December 24 “This fracking bill should have been preceded by a debate. I thought it was very unusual to do it on the deferred motion.”

He goes on to say: “The idea that it can be intruded into national parks is offensive to the vast majority of people.”

This is the ‘thin edge of the wedge’. If it is allowed in the Peak District then it would be setting a precedent and other national parks would be under threat. We cannot stand by to allow the Government to lead the way in such disastrous undertaking.

Barbara Hobday

Woodvale Close, Somersall