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UK gives fracking the green light but controls will be introduced

The UK will allow hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to resume, but it will introduce more stringent environmental controls for the process, the government has said

Speaking to journalists in London, Ed Davey, the UK’s Energy and Climate Change Secretary, said that fracking would be allowed to assess the UK’s shale gas potential. “We think shale gas represents a promising new potential energy resource for the UK. It could contribute significantly to our energy security, reducing our reliance on imported gas, as we move to a low-carbon economy,” Davey said. The government said, however, that new environmental controls would be put in place to mitigate any seismic risks, adding that “fracking would not be allowed at any environmental cost”. Earthquake risk The new environmental controls will require a review to assess any risk of tremors and the existe

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