Controversial shale gas exploration has come to the UK.
To extract the gas, water and toxic chemicals are pumped underground at high pressure through a risky technique called fracking.
Coal bed methane, another controversial fuel, is also sometimes extracted through fracking.
The UK Government has given the green light despite:
- mounting community opposition
- overhyped economic benefits - fracking in the UK is unlikely to lower fuel bills
- contributions towards dangerous climate change
- links to drinking water contamination in USA and Australia
Friends of the Earth is calling for a stop to fracking - it's not the right solution.
We need to cut energy waste and switch to clean renewable energy.
If you'd like to help, the most important thing you can do right now is help the residents of Lancashire keep Lancashire Frack Free.