The process of fracking (hydraulic fracturing) involves pumping water and chemicals into shale rock at high pressure to extract gas. Energy companies say the use of fracking will lead to cheaper supplies.
The chairman of the Environment Agency Lord Smith told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that he would not stand in the way of fracking in the UK, as long as certain requirements were met, arguing that “it could be part of the answer” to the UK’s energy demands.
He also said “the source of a domestically available gas supply would, of course, be potentially very beneficial for our energy needs. It could provide energy security, which we don’t necessarily have when we import gas from abroad. It could be affordable,”
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