Peer reviewed evidence has been published which has found fracking is damaging to wildlife through habitat loss and fragmentation. Additionally, the noise and movement of vehicles may cause disturbance to vulnerable species.
The report gives a concise and clear summary of recommendations and key examples of species which may be affected, specifically the Pink-footed goose and the Barbastelle bat. Thus the report, gives the government some fundamental issues that need to be taken into account when considering commercial-scale fracking.
I hope that the government listen to this report. I am guessing from recent events, namely the badger cull, that the government may choose to turn a blind eye to some rather obvious facts.
We found that commercial-scale fracking, which requires considerable development across the countryside, would threaten wildlife and the water environment in a range of ways and that Government policy to address these risks was not fit for purpose. Over the coming years, major decisions will be made that will determine whether commercial extraction of shale gas will take place in the UK, how and on what scale. These decisions could have significant impacts on our countryside, wildlife and the climate.