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What is all the fracking fuss about?
The British Prime Minster Theresa May galvanised the UK fracking industry in September by proposing payments of £13,000 to residents affected by local fracking initiatives and on 6th October the Government over-rode local protests and gave the go ahead for fracking in up to four wells in Lancashire. So why all the fuss, and what exactly does fracking entail?
As the graphic shows, fears about the likely effects of fracking are unfounded, and many claims of environmental impact are grossly exaggerated. Most people don't realise that there has been fracking in the UK for hundreds of years, without any of the issues associated with traditional (and a lot more dangerous) coal extraction. The most recent technology allows fracking to take place miles underground - well below the water table - and the surface extraction plant required is smaller than the alternative of turbines or recycling plants that environmentalists wish to build instead. The detrimental effect on local communities is tiny, mostly being increased road traffic as tankers distribute the extracted fuel. Even then, local branch train lines could be used - and revitalised - as happened in Somerset in the original "shale oil rush" of the 1920's (something similar happened in Scotland) when the Great Western Railway built a branch line from Bridgwater to Watchet specifically for the Shaline Ltd company, and shale oil continues to be extracted from the area (albeit in reduced quantities) today. I bet most environmentalists don't realise that!
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