Breaking up is hard to do

The process of fracking has already caused deep fissures in American society. Now it's also become a contentious issue in Ireland, writes Niall Stanage in Washington DC.

11th March, 2012
Breaking up is hard to do
Protesters march in Montreal against the Quebec government's exploration and exploitation of shale gas. Photo: AP

Daniel Day-Lewis may have done as much as anyone in recent years to fix the image of oil and gas men in the public mind.

In the 2007 film There Will Be Blood, Day-Lewis portrayed fictional 'wildcat' oil pioneer Daniel Plainview. In the film's climactic scene, Plainview proffers a memorable metaphor for energy extraction, albeit of a particularly unscrupulous kind, to his nemesis, Eli.

"If you have a milkshake and I have a milkshake and I...

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