Fracking takes hold in the UK

August 13, 2013 2:03 pm Published by

The fracking debate has significantly intensified with increased proposals to make the practice more widespread throughout the country. Fracking – short for “hydraulic fracturing” – involves drilling deep underground and releasing a high-pressure mix of water, sand and chemicals to crack rocks and release gas stored inside. 

Supporters say it is safe and argue it is essential to make the UK more energy self-sufficient. The PM said it could create thousands of jobs as well as reduced energy bills. Since fracking has begun in the UK, energy prices have already plummeted, and that’s why, according to David Cameron, the whole of the country must “get behind fracking”, which ought to get “real public support” once its benefits are explained. 


Environmentalists fear it can cause small earth tremors, water contamination and environmental damage. The village of Balcombe, in West Sussex, has been a flashpoint in the debate, as protests spanning several days have been held against exploratory drilling in the area.

What’s your view on fracking in the UK? 

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