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UK announces extra measures to support shale gas development

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LONDON (Reuters) - The British government announced new measures on Thursday to speed up shale gas planning applications to support development of the industry in Britain.Weaning Britain off natural gas imports is one of the driving forces behind government support for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which extracts gas from rocks broken up at high pressure with water and chemicals.However, environmental groups continue to be strongly opposed to fracking, concerned about potential seismic activity and water contamination.The government said it will introduce measures to streamline and ...

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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 17:10 IST