France’s constitutional court has upheld a ban on fracking, the controversial method to exploit oil and gas deposits. Fracking has been criticised by environmentalists as being able to trigger earthquakes and pollute water sources, but energy groups have hailed it as the future of the sector.
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Protestors in the UK are celebrating after a decision was made to temporarily suspend exploratory drilling for shale gas in southern England. Prime Minister David Cameron have thrown his and his government’s weight behind the pro-fracking campaign, but has come up against staunch opposition.