Why is fracking controversial?

In its favour, it’s a potential game-changer: It might provide cheap energy and change the geopolitics of global gas and oil supply in favour of the West

The flip side – unacceptable damage to the environment:

 – Air pollution

 – Increased traffic in rural areas

 – Industrialisation of rural area

 – Noise pollution

 – Potential pollution of drinking water aquifers

 – Fugitive methane emissions – very powerful greenhouse gas, increasing climate change impact

 – Increased seismic activity