U.K. Dash for Shale Gas a Test for Global Fracking

National Geographic: The starting gun has sounded for the United Kingdom's "dash for gas," as the media here have dubbed it. As early as this week, a moratorium on shale gas production is expected to be lifted. And plans to streamline and speed the regulatory process through a new Office for Unconventional Gas and Oil were unveiled last week in the annual autumn budget statement by the chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne. In the U.K., where all underground mineral rights concerning fossil fuels belong to......

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