Church fracking claim sparks online war

An unholy row has blown up over claims that the Church of England has given its support to fracking. The claims were made by shale support group Backing Fracking after a report into the emerging shale gas industry was drawn up by the Church’s Mission and Public Affairs Council and the Environment Working Group.

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Review of 2016

2016 saw the first approvals for high volume hydraulic fracturing in the UK since fracking caused small earthquakes in Lancashire in 2011.

The first shale gas site in the East Midlands also got the go-ahead and planning applications for exploration and production using acidisation were submitted in southern England and Lincolnshire.

The government extended the time for exploration in parts of the UK but now faces a legal challenge.

Opposition to fracking reached record levels, according to government surveys. Protesters took to the streets in several rallies and they established protection camps at sites around the country.

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Fracking giant fails to lock up a grandmother.

Knowing the depths to which the corporations and their partners in parliament have already sunk in order to force through the deeply unpopular industry, it should have been no surprise that Cuadrilla UK, one of the key fracking companies, would see fit to try to send a grandmother to prison. But the hundreds of people who gathered outside Preston Combined Court on Friday morning were deeply shocked that even Cuadrilla actually would stoop so low.

 

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