UK awaits fracking decision

Fracking green light? UK to release decision on Thursday

Britons will find out early on Thursday morning whether or not ministers are to give the go-ahead for hydraulic fracturing to resume in the country.

It is widely expected that the Department of Energy & Climate Change will back a return to fracking in Thursday's announcement.

Such backing would see controversial explorer Cuadrilla resume fracking in the north-west of the country where its operations were recently blamed for a pair of small earthquake tremors.

The issue has been hotly debated in recent days and weeks with numerous political and ex-political figures noticeably penning editorials in UK national newspapers, many pushing the case for a resumption of fracking.

Supporters have pointed to the positive effect on industry and job creation which fracking has had in the US while opponents argue that the practice has serious environmental drawbacks.

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