UK gov't gives approval to resume fracking

AP News
Posted: Dec 13, 2012 6:42 AM

LONDON (AP) — Britain's government has given the go-ahead to resume fracking — the controversial practice of drilling for gas trapped in shale — in the U.K..

Shale gas exploration had been suspended in Britain last year after a series of small tremors near an exploration site in Lancashire in northwest England.

Edward Davey, the energy and climate change secretary, said Thursday that shale gas exploration promises a new potential energy resource for Britain that could reduce its reliance on imported gas.

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Davey added that new controls will be put in place to reduce the risk of seismic activity. However, environmental activists oppose the move, fearing the landscape will be scarred.