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The UK should throw its weight behind hydraulic fracturing, the controversial procedure to extract shale gas from deep fields, the chairman of the government’s climate change advisory group Lord Deben announced on December 10, rejecting criticisms from green groups that the technology could damage the environment.

Deben, who served as environment minister in former prime minister John Major’s government (1990-97) told to The Times that fracking, as the procedure is also called, would allow the UK to exploit its shale gas reserves and reduce its reliance on foreign energy, adding –

it just isn’t true that fracking is going to destroy the environment and the world is going to come to an end if you frack. And yet to listen to some people on the green end, that’s what they say.