The images of farmers in the United States igniting their tap water have gone round the world. These astonishing cases are one of the consequences of fracking, as shown in the Oscar-nominated documentary Gasland. “Fellow citizens of Pennsylvania, we have a serious problem.” These were the words of Gasland creator Josh Fox, addressing a crowd in November 2012. Almost a year on, crisis-stricken times have taken fracking to the forefront on a global scale.

Fracking is rife in the United States, and some European countries are giving it the green light. The UK, for example, lifted its ban on fracking ...


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