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William Wordsworth, poet, 1770-1850

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Thursday, 13 December 2012

Fracking in the UK

Level: Advanced / C1

The UK government has given permission for fracking to re-commence after recent safety concerns.

Here is a good article looking at the truth (or otherwise) of fracking.

Read the article and answer these questions.

1) What is the real name for 'fracking'
2) Why did the UK government temporarily ban it?
3) Where else in the world has fracking caused earthquakes/earth tremors?
4) What is in the fluid that is used for fracking?
5) Why are residents in Pavillion, Wyoming unhappy with fracking?

Finally, what do you think? To frack or not?!

Answers below!


1) Hydraulic fracturing
2) Because of earth tremors
3) Canada and the USA
4) Water, sand and chemicals
5) They claim it is affecting their drinking water

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