By TristanCork | Posted: September 16, 2015
The Government were accused of a U-turn after ministers promised there would be no 'fracking' on sensitive environmental sites, but then offered as many as 60 key wildlife sites across the West to gas companies to look for shale gas.
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds launched a fierce attack on Conservative environment secretary Amber Rudd yesterday, accusing her of backtracking on a promise, after they looked carefully at the possible exploration licences put up for grabs around the West.
The RSPB said it has identified more than 60 of the region's important wildlife sites that it said are at risk from fracking, mainly in Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset.
The Society said at least 66 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) in the South West have been included in the 159 oil and gas licences that the Government have offered to energy companies to date.