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WHERE’S ALL THE FRACKING WATER GOING TO COME FROM?
THIS week the Trust has expressed its concern about the likely impacts of fracking on fish and issued a position paper which we’ll be sending to the Government.
Fracking uses very large amounts of water and involves risks of contamination of ground and surface water.
Nearly all of our rivers are already either over-abstracted or are failing to meet good ecological status, and many groundwater supplies are over-exploited.
We have called for the Environment Agency to become the lead regulator rather than the Health & Safety Executive, and for the companies to demonstrate where they are going to get all the water they will need from before the wells are sunk into rural England.
We’ve been in touch with colleagues in Trout Unlimited in the USA and they have made it very clear to us that fracking has serious dangers for our rivers, lakes and ponds.
Low flows in rivers and low water levels in stillwaters make all fish much more vulnerable to pollution, predation and poaching.
The lack of water also reduces the wetted area of the waterbody, which means that there are fewer insects and therefore less food to sustain and regenerate fish populations, and less habitat for spawning.
Rest assured, we will be submitting our concerns to the government and making sure anglers’ voices are heard on this issue. Fish Legal solicitors are also ready to fight for compensation for any of its member clubs and fisheries that might be affected.
If you’d like to download the Angling Trust’s position paper on fracking, please click HERE
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