Fracking given the green light in the UK

The British government has lifted an 18-month ban on the hydraulic fracturing of rocks to extract shale gas from the ground, but it is tightening controls

The British government has given the green light for shale gas firms to resume hydraulic fracturing (fracking) of rocks. But it is tightening controls for at least “the next few wells” to ensure projects do not cause serious tremors.

There has been a ban on fracking rocks to release shale gas since May 2011 after fracking undertaken by Cuadrilla Resources caused two tremors at Preese Hall near Blackpool.

The long-expected decision to allow fracking to resume has been taken despite an independent review of Cuadrilla’s management systems being incomplete.

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