Fracking debate hits the UK

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TOM Greatrex, the British shadow Energy Minister, is demanding a full-scale government investigation into the controversial ‘fracking’ technology used to dislodge natural gas trapped in rocks, after a dramatic new report linked the practice to water pollution for the first time.

Mr Greatrex will table a series of questions in Britain’s parliament today urging the Energy Secretary, Chris Huhne, to step up the Government’s probe of hydraulic fracturing after reading the report, by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

In his first question, Mr Greatrex will ask: “Further to the article in The Independent on 14 December 2011, what assessment has he made of the report by the United States Environmental Protection Agency into the impact of hydraulic fracturing on water pollution; and if he will make a statement?”

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