Following assurances from Andrea Leadsom MP, Minister of State at Department of Energy and Climate Change, that there would be no fracking here in Bath, local MP, Ben Howlett, has been working in Westminster to try and ensure Bath’s Springs are protected from fracking in any neighbouring constituencies.
Last month the Energy Minister reassured residents that Bath Springs are protected by confirming:
“Bath and the surrounding areas are not located in a ‘shale prospective area’ according to shale resource estimates by the British Geological Survey.”
This month, Rory Stewart OBE MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Environment and Rural Affairs has replied to Ben confirming:
“The Environment Agency is aware of the sensitivity of Bath Springs, and we appreciate the complexity of the groundwater flow regime that drives the system. We would not approve a permit application that could be detrimental to the spring system, and we would encourage operators not to apply for permits in the vicinity of the springs”
Ben said of the response:
“I hope residents will be reassured that Bath and its hot springs will be protected under this administration from fracking. I will work to try and ensure that legislation backs up this commitment with a reform to the Avon Act, which I do not believe currently provides enough of a deterrent to future exploration in the area.”