Fracking

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A burrowing owl stands next to its burrow near pump jacks in an oil field over the Monterey Shale formation where gas and oil extraction using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is on the verge of a boom.

A woman walks past a graffiti covered caravan at a protest camp set up close to the entrance of the IGas exploratory gas drilling site at Barton Moss, near Manchester...A woman walks past a graffiti covered caravan at a protest camp set up close to the entrance of the IGas exploratory gas drilling site at Barton Moss, near Manchester, northern England, March 6, 2014. Britain may be a prime location for shale gas exploration in Europe, but a lack of onshore drilling infrastructure and local opposition will impede development, experts and geologists said at a shale conference in London.

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A woman walks past a graffiti covered caravan at a protest camp set up close to the entrance of the IGas exploratory gas drilling site at Barton Moss, near Manchester, northern England. Britain may be a prime location for shale gas exploration in Europe, but a lack of onshore drilling infrastructure and local opposition will impede development, experts and geologists said at a shale conference in London.

Local resident Kip Parker demonstrates as police escort a lorry to the entrance of a site run by Cuadrilla Resources, outside the village of Balcombe in southern England...Local resident Kip Parker demonstrates as police escort a lorry to the entrance of a site run by Cuadrilla Resources, outside the village of Balcombe in southern England September 3, 2013. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

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Local resident Kip Parker protests against “fracking” from the comfort of an armchair in the village of Balcombe in southern England. Demonstrators have set up camp in the village in opposition to exploratory drilling by Cuadrilla Resources. 

Police officers arrest protesters outside a drill site operated by Cuadrilla Resources Ltd on August 19, 2013 in Balcombe, West Sussex. Protesters continue to gather outside the Balcombe plant in West Sussex in opposition to the controversial method of extracting energy out of the ground called 'fracking'. Hundreds of the climate change activists have promised 48 hours of 'direct action' against the energy firm.

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Police officers arrest protesters outside a drill site operated by Cuadrilla Resources on Monday in Balcombe, West Sussex, UK. The protesters, who continue to gather outside the plant, oppose fracking, the controversial method of extracting energy out of the ground. Hundreds of the climate change activists have promised 48 hours of “direct action” against the energy group

A man looking at his phone, with his bull terrier dog in Lichfield, Staffodshire. Anti-fracking protesters occupy the headquarters of Lichfield-based energy company Cuadrilla on Monday..

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A man with his bull terrier dog spends quiet moments looking at his phone in Lichfield, Staffodshire. Anti-fracking protesters have occupied the UK headquarters of Lichfield-based energy company Cuadrilla on Monday

A demonstrator stands in the road as police escort a lorry to a site run by Cuadrilla Resources outside the village of Balcombe in southern England...A demonstrator holds a sign that reads "Safe Fracking Is A Bad Fairy Tale" as police escort a lorry to a site run by Cuadrilla Resources, outside the village of Balcombe in southern England August 6, 2013. Protesters have been blocking access to a drilling site in southern England as part of a campaign against the controversial "fracking" process used in shale gas exploration, illustrating the potential battle ahead for Britain's nascent shale industry. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY POLITICS ENVIRONMENT)

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A demonstrator holds an anti-fracking sign as police escort a lorry to a drilling site run by Cuadrilla Resources, outside the village of Balcombe in southeast England on Tuesday. Protesters have been blocking access to the site as part of a campaign against the fracking process used in shale gas exploration.

Balcombe Village The Centre Of Fracking Protests...CRAWLEY, WEST SUSSEX - AUGUST 02:  Protesters continue to gather outside the entrance gate of a drill site operated by Cuadrilla Resources Ltd on August 2, 2013 in Crawley, West Sussex. Protesters continue to gather outside the Balcombe plant in West Sussex in opposition to the controversial method of extracting energy out of the ground called 'fracking'.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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An activist stands outside the entrance gate of a drill site operated by Cuadrilla Resources in Crawley, West Sussex, on Friday, protesting against fracking, the controversial method of extracting energy out of the ground. Protests are also continuing in Balcombe, West Sussex.