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Pro-fracking newspaper ad banned by Advertising Standards Authority

The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that a US energy company misled the public when it made unsubstantiated claims about the benefits of fracking and claimed a gas shortage put the UK close to catastrophe.<p>Breitling Energy's advertisement in the Telegraph began: "Dear Citizens of the …

Ban fracking from national parks, say majority of UK public

Fracking should be completely banned from national parks, according to a strong majority of the UK public.<p>The controversial issue of shale gas exploration in some of the country’s most precious landscapes forced ministers in July to claim they were tightening planning guidance on drilling in …

Why fracking should be for the many

Fracking should be a defining issue in the general election. We should work hard to make sure it isn’t a footnote. If the scale of gas is anything like the claims made by its advocates, it has major implications for the economy and British society. Besides its worrying environmental aspects, it …

Fracking at Little Plumpton: 11,000 responses to consultation

<b>A consultation on an energy company's plans to drill for shale gas in Lancashire has received 11,000 responses, the county council has said.</b><p>The application by Cuadrilla to drill at Little Plumpton, near Blackpool, led to anti-fracking campaigners camping on the land in protest.<p>The protestors were …

Fracking firm's South Downs drilling plans rejected

Fracking doesn't contaminate water supplies, faulty shale gas wells do

Fracking trespass law changes move forward despite huge public opposition

Fracking will take place below Britons’ homes without their permission after ministers rejected 40,000 objections to controversial changes to trespass laws.<p>The UK government argued that the current ability for people to block shale gas development under their property would lead to significant …

Is fracking greener than solar power and wind turbines?

Is fracking greener than solar power and wind turbines? An easy one today... I don’t know. From this study it would be improper to draw a conclusion about which energy source causes less environmental damage.<p>In the end, it’s all about how you define ‘green’. There are some environmental problems …