The rapid rise of hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, has become hugely controversial on both sides of the Atlantic. The extraction of shale gas out of rock formations in the U.S. has been accompanied by both intensive use of fresh water and dramatically lowered energy prices. As a result of the environmental damage, environmentalists are up in arms, public opinion in much of Europe is against fracking and France has banned the process.
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