Protests as UK begins drilling first fracking well

Demonstrators gather at the site of energy company Cuadrila’s shale gas well as drilling operations begin after the High Court in London dismissed a last-minute request for an injunction by environmentalists. The project in Lancashire, northwest England, has attracted much controversy and was opposed by local authorities, residents and environmentalists, who launched legal action to block operations.

Mining the Largest Shale Gas Reserve in the Northern Hemisphere: What the Frack?

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The UK government is going ahead with its plans to commence fracking across more than half of the country, hoping that it will boost the economy and provide an abundant supply of natural gas.

Critics of the process argue that it contaminates groundwater and damages the environment and public health. A grassroots resistance movement has emerged to fight the introduction of fracking in the UK, and it appears to be gaining momentum throughout the country.

VICE News travels to Blackpool, Lancashire, to see the fractivists in action. The seaside resort town is at the center of a David and Goliath battle between local residents and the energy company Cuadrilla over fracking in the region, which is believed to have one of the largest shale gas reserves in the Northern Hemisphere.

Read “The Only Fracked Site in the United Kingdom Suffered Structural Failure” – http://bit.ly/1yHYgNE

Read “These Towns and Counties Across America Just Banned Oil and Gas Fracking” – http://bit.ly/1F3oiwu

Watch “The Lake That Burned Down a Forest – Full Length” – http://bit.ly/1vZSnMX

Watch “Showdown in Coal Country” – http://bit.ly/1wfWtur

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Shale Gas in the UK: What the Frack (Trailer)

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The UK government is going ahead with its plans to commence fracking across more than half of the country, hoping that it will boost the economy and provide an abundant supply of natural gas.

Critics of the process argue that it contaminates groundwater and damages the environment and public health. A grassroots resistance movement has emerged to fight the introduction of fracking in the UK, and it appears to be gaining momentum throughout the country.

In the upcoming documentary, VICE News travels to Blackpool, Lancashire, to see the fractivists in action. The seaside resort town is at the center of a David and Goliath battle between local residents and the energy company Cuadrilla over fracking in the region, which is believed to have one of the largest shale gas reserves in the Northern Hemisphere.

Check out “These Towns and Counties Across America Just Banned Oil and Gas Fracking” – http://bit.ly/1F3oiwu

Watch “Showdown in Coal Country” – http://bit.ly/1wfWtur

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