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Protesters tell earthquake firm to ‘frack off’

Issue No. 2277

 (Pic: Smallman )

(Pic: Guy Smallman)

Around 50 people demonstrated against shale gas drilling, also known as fracking, outside an industry summit in Kensington, west London, on Wednesday of last week (see picture).

A report published on the same day revealed that fracking by Cuadrilla Resources had caused 50 earth tremors in the Blackpool area. Protesters occupied a Cuadrilla rig in Merseyside.

Fracking is short for hydraulic fracturing—blasting a mixture of water, sand and chemicals into the ground to release fossil fuels. France and the Netherlands have banned it because of links to drinking water contamination.

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Tue 8 Nov 2011, 18:05 GMT
Issue No. 2277
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