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Effects of Fracking on the Rural Economy

report on "Shale Gas Rural Economy Impacts". Estelle Dehon was interviewed by Lexis®PSL about those legal ramifications and what the future may hold for fracking. The full interview is available here.

The Defra report highlights four key potential negative effects of fracking:

  • Impacts on water quality and quantity, arising from the high volumes of water required for fracking, the significant waste water created by the process and the potential for contamination of surface and groundwater;
  • Negative health impacts as a result of noise and light pollution;
  • Potential lower house prices and increased insurance costs for residents owning property close to drilling sites;
  • A reduction in the number of visitors and tourists to rural areas where fracking takes place, both as a result of the negative landscape impacts of fracking and the negative perception of the process.

The interview considers the potential to claim loss or damage as a result of fracking, and the particular challenges relating to claims around ill health. It also considers the potential impact of the Defra report on the future of the fracking industry in the UK.

Estelle Dehon is representing Friends of the Earth in relation to Cuadrilla's applications to carry out high volume hydraulic fracturing two sites in Fylde, Lancashire. For more information click here.

The full interview was first published on Lexis®PSL Commercial on 13 July 2015. Click here for a free trial of Lexis®PSL.