BBC: Fracking - Shale gas decision by government awaited

Ministers are expected to allow a firm to resume a controversial method known as fracking to exploit what it says are huge shale gas reserves off Lancashire.

Cuadrilla had to stop test-drilling in 2011 after fracking caused two minor earthquakes near Blackpool.

The decision due later will be watched closely by the industry and opponents.

Meanwhile, government advisers say a dependence on gas could force household bills much higher than relying on renewable energy and nuclear power.  MORE


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