Protestors who oppose drilling for shale gas in the North West say they fear the Government has given a big hint that it supports the controversial process known as fracking.
Fracking involves pumping water into the ground to fracture shale rocks to extract gas, which can be used for power.
The process has been blamed for causing minor earthquakes on the Lancashire Coast.
Today, in his Autumn statement, the Chancellor George Osborne said he was prepared to consider giving tax breaks to companies involved in drilling.
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