‘Gasland changed everything’ – fracking firm battles to woo English villagers

Guardian: From the outside, the UK's second shale gas drilling site looks surprisingly small – a 30 metre-high white tower that houses the drilling equipment, and about 20 huts – each about the size of a shipping container. It is also unnervingly quiet. On a bright spring morning, in the lane just a few yards from the gate, the silence is unbroken except by birdsong. The entire site is lined with tough plastic several feet underground so that the surface rainwater cannot permeate. "Nothing can escape,"......

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