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Fracking, the popular abbreviation for hydraulic fracturing, is a technique which injects highly-pressurized fluid into a well to split the rock and allow access to natural gas trapped within.

Energy companies, driven in no small part by dwindling reserves of easy-to-access fossil fuels, are increasingly turning to so-called unconventional sources of fossil fuels. Shale gas is one of these; and hydraulic fracturing promises to open up access to what is claimed to be vast to sources of natural gas, and profits. National governments too, driven by a desire for greater energy independence, want access to these reserves of natural gas.

But big questions remain about the environmental safety of fracking:


Energy companies downplay all of these concerns. Politicians focus on energy independence. Environmentalists urge caution. Whatever side you're on, fracking is likely to remain an issue in the forefront of energy policy for some time.


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The Why Files: What is Fracking? (Research on this topic)
Greenpeace: article on Fracking (Spanish)

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La sombra del fracking, un documental realizado por Dani Amo y Rosa Martínez, cuenta cómo el fracking está llegando a nuestro país sin que las administraciones informen claramente de los permisos que están concediendo y sin que la población sea consciente de los riesgos que supone esta técnica.

Además de recoger las evidencias de contaminación y terremotos que la fractura hidráulica ha provocado en Estados Unidos y otros países, La sombra del fracking advierte de los peligros para la salud humana con una entrevista a Nacho Santidrián, cirujano oncológico del Hospital de Cruces.

En el documental participan también algunos miembros de las plataforms antifracking de Alava y Burgos y del director de Radio Valdivielso, que cuenta como el fracking amenaza este valle burgalés.

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