Commons vote on fracking under National Parks


Yesterday, MPs voted in favour of strict new environmental controls that will allow fracking to take place at depths of more than 1,200 metres below National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The vote was passed with a majority of 298 to 261 votes.

Reacting to the news, Lee Petts, chief executive of the Onshore Energy Services Group said: “The vote today means that new rules will now be introduced that add to the wide range of existing regulatory safeguards from which sensitive areas already benefit.

“Decades of evidence suggests that by adopting a sensible, risk-based approach, it is possible for industrial developments to take place in and around sensitive areas, a point underscored by the recent go-ahead given for the construction of a new potash mine in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park.”