Fear of fracking-related earthquakes ‘soars’.

As the debate on fracking reaches seismic proportions — with the industry this week laying on a desperate, last-ditch attempt to force the government to relax “unworkable” seismicity regulations that it itself helped create — the public needs reassurance that the government is listening to voices beyond those from the shale gas industry when it comes to its own plans.

Fracking has been vehemently opposed by local communities since drilling began in England back in 2011. And unsurprisingly, a combination of earthquakes, inconsistencies and contradictions around “energy security”, and increasing evidence and warnings from leading scientists about climate change have failed to rally support for the carbon-emitting fossil fuel industry. Almost three times as many people now oppose fracking than the number that support it,…

 

Concern about fracking is growing, with the latest government figures showing that over a third of people now oppose the controversial practice.  Meanwhile public support for the gas extraction technique has dropped to some of the lowest levels ever recorded.

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