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United Kingdom: It’s a fracking free-for-all

It’s a fracking free-for-all – Dave Brown
The Independent (London)

On December 13, the British government lifted restrictions on hydraulic fracturing, – the controversial technique, often known as fracking, which is used in the extraction of shale gas. Exploratory drilling was halted a year ago, amid claims the process can trigger minor earthquakes and pollute the water supply.

According to Downing Street, the reserves could "generate billions of pounds" of revenue. A welcome relief, as strict austerity measures continue to subdue the economy.