Fracking has no place in our communities - it may poison our water, increase likelihood of earthquakes, depress our economy, not to mention a myriad of yet-undiscovered consequences. For a great overview of the hydraulic fracturing technology, commonly known as fracking, and its impact on Durham please read the report prepared by the Durham Environmental Affairs Board on March 23 (embedded below).
Hydraulic fracturing is a method of drilling and fracturing layers of rock deep below the ground. Modern gas and oil drilling is a process of drilling many thousands of feet down into shale rock, then drilling laterally for many more hundreds or thousands of feet and pumping in a mix of water, mud and chemicals at high pressure to break the shale apart and free up oil and gas for extraction.
O Conselho de Ministros aprovou na última quinta-feira, 5 de Março 2015, uma proposta de Lei de Bases de Recursos Geológicos, que aprova as bases do regime de "aproveitamento dos recursos geológicos existentes no território nacional, incluindo os localizados no espaço marítimo nacional".