The government has accepted amendments to the Infrastructure Bill that will see fracking banned in national parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and sites near to groundwater sources. Residents will now also receive notification of fracking beneath their land despite having no right to block the process. Labour proposals to force companies to carry out monitoring of the environment at a fracking site for 12 months before work is allowed were also accepted.
Caroline Flint MP, Labour's shadow energy secretary, said: "This is a huge U-Turn by the Government and a big victory for the protection of Britain's environment." The Department of Energy and Climate Change said the amendments simply provided “clear reassurance in law”.