Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Sussex's rare bat population at risk from fracking, report finds

6:00am Sunday 30th March 2014 in News

Fracking could seriously harm Sussex’s rare bat population, a report has found.

The Weald Basin is home to the endangered and protected Barbestella bat.

But a report by the RSPB into the environmental impact of fracking found the derricks needed for exploratory drilling for shale gas could have an adverse impact on the creatures.

Recently submitted plans for exploratory drilling in the basin included proposals for a 45-metre derrick to be lit 24 hours a day, with additional lighting required for safety reasons.

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