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avid Cameron's home in Dean, Oxfordshire, being turned into a 'fracking site' as environmental campaigners staged a protest over changes to ... -- The English countryside where, already, The Lord of the Rings moviemakers were able to find too little "English countryside".

France cements fracking ban: 12 October 2013 - A law prohibiting fracking for shale gas has been upheld by France's constitutional court, citing environmental protection. - "It's a judicial victory but also an environmental and political victory," French environment minister, Philippe Martin, said today after the ruling. "With this decision the ban on hydraulic fracturing is absolute."

from the Guardian

Fracking could carry unforeseen risks as thalidomide and asbestos did, says report

Fracking risk compared to thalidomide and asbestos in Walport report Historic innovations that have been adopted too hastily with grave unforeseen impacts provide cautionary examples for potential side effects of fracking, says report by government’s chief scientist Mark Walport

Today, at nearly 200 members Artists Against Fracking works to expose and stop the harmful and contaminating practice of fracking for natural gas and oil through mass awareness and peaceful democratic action. At its core, we believe that fracking for shale gas is a danger to New Yorkers. Inevitably, the process leads to the release of toxic chemicals — many of which are unknown and unreported — into our air and water.

British fracking support falls below 50%, poll shows

Fracking boom will not tackle global warming, analysis warns. Nature paper shows abundant gas would squeeze out renewable energy and likely increase overall carbon emissions