The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has piped up with concerns about fracking for shale oil and gas in Lancashire over fears for local wildlife.
The nature group is worried the drilling technique – cracking open shale rock deep underground with a highly pressured mix of water - could pose a risk to an “internationally important" protected area for pink footed geese and whooper swans (pictured). Both of the birds are rated 'Amber' status by the RSPB, its second most critical rating for bird species which need some sort of conservation action to support them.
The charity has lodged a letter of objection with Lancashire County Council about a proposed drilling site at Singleton near Blackpool which is close to this protected area. It is also opposed to the firm Cuadrilla Resources’ work in Balcombe which has dominated the headlines because of local protests.
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