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Government gives green light to fracking in the UK

Fracking will be allowed to resume in the UK but under new controls, the Government has announced.

Energy Secretary Ed Davey said fracking will resume under strict regulatory measures "is likely to develop slowly". He said: "Fracking must be safe and the public must be reassured it is safe".

He added that although shale gas exploration remains in its early stages, it offers a promising new energy resource that could help the move towards a low carbon economy and away from our reliance on gas from abroad.

Shale gas can be found through seismic surveys in rock below the ground.

But the process has attracted strong opposition in the UK as campaigners say the drilling causes earthquakes and the chemicals that are used can pollute the water supply.

Conservatory built over gas flue

A Kent double glazing company has been fined for safety failiures after building a conservatory over a gas flue.

Family firm Supaglazing, of Strood, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive for breaching gas safety regulations for the second time.

Dartford Magistrates Court was told that the firm’s workers built the conservatory over an existing flue for a boiler at a property on Beavor Road, Allington, Maidstone, so there was no escape route for gases and other combustion products.

A woman who was pregnant and a child were living in the home.

The incident came to light after an engineer visited the house to give an estimate for relocating the flue.

The firm, with outlets in Dartford and Sittingbourne, admitted breaching the gas safety regulations between 23 July and 2 October 2010. It was fined £14,000 and ordered to pay £2,826 in costs.


Gas explosion: Cooker was left on

A gas distribution company has issued a stark warning after it emerged that an explosion that destroyed a house in Southsea was caused by the cooker being left on.

Following an investigation it has emerged that gas mains and services in the area are sound and have not contributed to the incident.

"We can also confirm the explosion was caused by the gas cooker being left on," said Chloe Boyce, a spokeswoman for Southern Gas Networks.

"We've isolated the gas supply and done further checks which show there are no gas readings at all in the area.

"This is a stark reminder to everyone to check gas appliances are fully turned off before they go to bed or leave their house. If anyone smells gas they should contact the National Gas Emergency Number on 0800 111 999.

"Our thoughts are with the gentleman who has been injured today."


No injuries in gas blast

House destroyed in Southsea Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

A pensioner is reported to be dazed but uninjured after an explosion at his home in Southsea. Neighbours on Welch Road were evacuated following the blast which occurred in the early hours of this morning.

Explosion ripped through the property Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service
Local residents were evacuated Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service
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