MYTH #5: “The UK has gold standard fracking regulations”

FACT: The regulations that would govern fracking were created for the conventional oil and gas industry, not high volume fracking, despite the very different – and in the UK, untried – technology that would be used. The Environmental Law Review stated: “These controls were designed pre-fracking and their application leaves a number of gaps, which may risk harm to human health and/or damage to the environment. Under the current regulatory system, the uncertainty and risk associated with fracking is not justifiable.”

The Environment Agency (EA) is the main body responsible for policing the fracking industry – the same EA that has failed to maintain flood protection across the UK and is suffering budget cuts of up to 30% over the next four years. How could they possibly cope if there were thousands of new fracking wells to monitor?