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Transparency may help win approval of shale protestors

Hard-core opposition to fracking isn’t going away. But transparency and engagement can win approval for shale gas from the broader public

Europe's anti-shale-gas protesters are not to be underestimated. Some are local residents airing real worries about what fracking might do to their local environment. Others are publicity-hungry anti-shale activists aiming to promote renewable energy – or anything else that doesn’t involve fossil fuels or those icons of the capitalist system, oil companies. It’s easy to dismiss the activist camp, especially when they don’t get their fracking facts right. But the industry is starting to realise that ignoring the protesters is perilous, because they are having a profound effect on the politics of shale gas in Europe. It is the public, as well as the politicians, who will decide which projects

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