Fracking: What is it, why is it so contentious – and how important will it be for the UK?

Independent: Plans to start fracking at a site in Lancashire have been rejected by local councillors in a move welcomed with a sigh of relief by opponents. But why is there such concern over what could be a burgeoning industry in the UK? ADVERTISEMENT 1. What is fracking? Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is the technique used to release oil and gas from shale by blasting a mixture of sand, chemicals and water into the rock. 2. Why is it so contentious? It has been linked to water and air pollution in the......

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