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UK’s first fracking since 2011 may not be as bad as feared

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We are going all out for shale, the UK Prime Minister David Cameron declared in 2014.

Intense local opposition to fracking for shale gas meant progress had been slow.

A 2013 report for the UK government concluded that fracking in the UK would increase global emissions by increasing the total amount of fossil fuels burned.

The UK is already set to miss its own targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

For one thing, the country s geology may mean it isn t profitable, Paul Ekins of University College London has pointed out.

Wells in the US produce highly profitable liquid products as well as gas, whereas in the UK wells are likely to produce only gas.

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