Campaigners warn of damage to countryside from fracking wells

The Ouse Valley Viaduct near Balcombe, West Sussex where exploratory drilling for shale gas may take place Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

A charity has warned of possible damage to the countryside if the Government gives permission for large numbers of drilling well units to go ahead.

Paul Miner of the Campaign to Protect Rural England said: "The Government doesn't appear to have recognised the potential for major landscape damage, or the need to properly consider this at the local level."

"If fracking is to happen, it must be with the support of local communities, who are most at risk if things go wrong, and without damaging the countryside."