Ever since it became clear that large parts of England were sitting on potentially vast quantities of shale gas, environmentalists have been up in arms, protesting that the technology is unproven, and could wreak havoc on the landscape.
In villages such as Balcombe in East Sussex, it has been virtually impossible to drill exploratory wells because of the ferocity of the opposition. Fracking has been about as popular in this country as Piers Morgan has been on American TV.
That could be about to change. Shale gas has mostly been sold on the basis that it is cheaper [...]
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