The landscape of Driffield and the Wolds is special. As well as being a beautiful, peaceful place to live, it is invoked to attract people to the area. The area is presented to tourists as being “peaceful, charming and full of character. With glorious, gently undulating hills, perfect for picnics, and picture postcard villages with landscaped gardens and ponds aplenty, this pretty stretch of Yorkshire countryside is not to be missed.” (1) All of this is licensed for exploratory drilling.
A recent briefing paper in the House of Commons library clearly states: “the most important above-ground considerations for unconventional gas developments are the availability of sufficient land and water. Shale gas drilling leaves ‘a large and comparatively invasive footprint on the landscape’ because of the large number of wells needed.” (italics ours) (2) Future generations will not thank us for allowing the drilling companies to frack the Wolds.