The UK Government has confirmed fracking will be banned in all national parks, reversing a policy announced last year.
A government spokesperson said: “Today we are committing to formalise the safeguards, including a new ban on fracking in National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
“Successfully extracting shale gas out of the ground can create a whole new British industry, creating jobs and make us less reliant on imports from abroad but we recognise the need for a measured approach for this nascent industry.”
The Government had previously said planning permission would be refused in the areas stated above, “except in exceptional circumstances and where it can be demonstrated they are in the public interest”.
DECC added it is also putting in place a range of measures to provide confidence in the industry, including environmental impact assessments, groundwater monitoring and community benefit measures.