Hydraulic fracturing - 'fracking' - is the energy story of the 21st century. This new technology means previously unrecoverable reserves of oil and gas can now be extracted. It has transformed the energy markets in the US, and led to huge new opportunities for investors. Below, we explain what fracking is, and explore the best ways to play this exciting story.
The fracking process explained in 30 seconds
The nascent UK fracking industry has suffered a major setback following Cuadrilla’s failed bid to drill four exploratory wells.
Applying shale techniques to mature conventional oil fields could tap another 140 billion barrels worldwide.
Miner turned businessman, David Lenigas has people worried in England’s southeast over his plans to drill for oil.
Investment guru Jeremy Grantham believes US fracking is a red herring, and oil prices are set to rise.
A rising oil price changes everything as far as investors are concerned. John Stepek and Matthew Partridge tip the best shares to profit.
Britain is dependent on gas to meet its energy needs. Can we really afford not to frack?