13:40 Tuesday 14 January 2014

Fracking lacking support

Written byRICH GUTTRIDGE

ONLY one in five people would support fracking near where they live, results of a survey have revealed, after it emerged the controversial policy could be carried out in Derbyshire.

Research firm Viewsbank found that the majority of people would be uncomfortable with the process happening near their home.

The process, which involves pumping liquid deep under ground to access trapped natural gas, has proved hugely controversial.

Campaigners claim it is harmful to the environment and could harm the water supply, but the Government insists it will create jobs, bring energy security and possibly bring bills down.

The news that French energy giant Total was to invest £30 million into shale gas exploration in the East Midlands was the latest indication fracking could be heading to the county.

A report released last month named both Staffordshire and Derbyshire as areas ‘under consideration’ for fracking.

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