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Fracking 'could be part of the answer'

The Environment Agency seems to have decided that fracking should be allowed in the UK as it is in the United States, as long as it is suitably monitored.

Lord Smith, chair of the agency, says the technique "could be part of the answer" to the UK's energy problems. However, he points out two main concerns; namely that the gas has to be drawn out of the ground "effectively and safely" and if the UK does go for a "dash for gas" it must use carbon capture and storage.

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