Fracking threat hangs over tourist spots and villages near Frome following licence deal
For the first time the threat of fracking now hangs over villages near Frome and the historic Longleat House.
Beckington, Rode, Tellisford, Southwick, Rudge, part of Farleigh Hungerford, Berkley, Chapmanslade, Corsley, Corsley Heath, Horningsham, Upton Scudamore and important regional tourist attractions – Longleat and Center Parcs – face an uncertain future after the Government announced the area was available in the latest round of oil and gas licenses.
Mark Lumley of Gas Field Free Mendip was angry.
He said: "This strongly suggests that large swathes of Somerset and Wiltshire, including a large area between Frome, Warminster, Westbury may shortly be up for grabs to the fracking industry."
Much of the coastline from Minehead to Weston-super-Mare, and the western flank of the Mendip Hills, southern England's largest and most important limestone upland, has also been identified as having potential for the fracking industry.