fracking

Fracking debate distracting government from cheap, lower carbon energy

There have been street protests and general unease as the reality of drilling and fracking for gas in the UK starts to bite. Recently a member of the House of Lords, Lord Howells said the North East was “desolate” and ripe for fracking as protesters took to the streets in  Balcombe, West Sussex, campaigning against the energy company Cuadrilla, which is testing for shale gas in the area. Both PM,

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Fracking is the process of extracting natural gas trapped in hard shale rock by drilling into it and creating small explosions to release the gas. Water, sand and chemicals are injected into the rock at high pressure, which allows the gas to be released, captured and stored above ground. It is shorthand for hydraulic fracturing and refers to how the rock is fractured apart by the high pressure mixture. Although