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Durham Energy Institute

DEI Briefing note - From national to fracktional: will fracking come to Britain’s National Parks? (April 2015)

Geology of National parks and likelihood of fracking.

This DEI briefing, written by Dr Liam Herringshaw, reviews existing geological data to identify the potential suitability of each of the country’s 15 national parks for fracking activity according to their rock type.

The briefing categorises the suitable geology for fracking in the UK’s national parks as:

Red (fracking possible). There are four national parks - North York Moors, Peak District, South Downs, and Yorkshire Dales - with rocks of possible interest to companies looking to frack for shale gas, shale oil, or coalbed methane.

Amber (fracking unlikely). Another four parks - Brecon Beacons, Exmoor, New Forest, Northumberland – were shown to have shales or coals present, but other aspects of the geology make fracking unlikely.

Green (no fracking). A final seven National Parks - Broads, Cairngorms, Dartmoor, Lake District, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs, Pembrokeshire Coast, and Snowdonia – had geology which rules out fracking for shale gas, shale oil, or coalbed methane, according to the brief.

The briefing is prompted by confusion around Government policy in relation to fracking in national parks.

Download DEI briefing - 'From national to fracktional: will fracking come to Britain's national parks?'