Fracking

DEFINITION: A drilling technique which sees liquid pumped deep underground at high pressure to fracture rock and release oil or gas. Opponents claim that the process can contaminate water, cause earthquakes and exacerbate noise and traffic pollution.

See also: Shale gas

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