German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel arrive at a cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin. Merkel’s cabinet signed off on a draft law on Wednesday that imposes an effective ban on the controversial technique of fracking for shale gas.
Anti-fracking protestors demonstrate outside County Hall Preston, north west England on Wednesday. Lancashire County Council are deciding on two planning applications that will set a precedent for fracking plans in England. The decision has been deferred for eight weeks after a a request from energy firm Cuadrilla
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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, 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 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.
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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 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 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.
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.