Shale to cause ‘significant’ local impacts

An assessment for DECC concludes that shale gas projects could have significant local impacts. But the boundaries are broad, showing the uncertainty that still surrounds the sector.

Future shale gas projects could have “significant” local transport impacts that would be difficult to mitigate, according to a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) published on 17 December.1

There could be up to 51 vehicle movements a day to sites during the “exploration and site preparation” phases of projects, it says. That could last for up to 145 weeks.

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