Investigate fracking and then decide

One of the more difficult decisions thatthis government will have to make will be whether to permit shale gas extraction by hydraulic fracturing.

6th January, 2013

One of the more difficult decisions that this government will have to make will be whether to permit shale gas extraction by hydraulic fracturing, the process commonly known as fracking.

The administration will have to balance any potential environmental impact - though this is much disputed by both pro- and anti-fracking lobbies - with the economic benefits that could flow from exploitation of this natural resource.

At present, there is one substantial shale gas prospect...

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