Fracking in the UK
To extract the gas from underground, water and chemicals are pumped 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 fracking 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 fracking to be banned in the UK. New York State, France and other countries and states have banned fracking. Scotland and Wales have also stopped all fracking while they further examine the risks.
Wherever fracking applications have been proposed, local people have opposed them, first in the south of England, then by Lancashire County Council last June.
This was despite huge pressure from the government and the fracking industry.
Now the government has overturned Lancashire County Council's decision to reject fracking at the Preston New Road site, despite overwhelming community opposition.
In December the High Court ruled that fracking can go ahead in North Yorkshire. It’s now only weeks until fracking could start.
But Barclays-backed fracking company Third Energy still needs to convince the local council that it’s met their environmental conditions.
2017 will bring new challenges, but the fight is not over.
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