It could be the solution to our energy problems - and it has government support, but protests against Fracking are growing. At Balcombe, in Sussex, police clashed with protesters as Cuadrilla began test drilling for gas - although fracking has NOT yet taken place at the site.
The process of splitting rocks to release gas is already widespread in the USA. And, as Jonathan Marland reports, it's causing controversy there too.
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Cloud and rain first thing but it will gradually dry up from the north west. Becoming bright in the west, staying quite cloudy in the east
Rain becoming more persistent overnight. Rain and cloud slow to clear tomorrow but becoming dry by the afternoon. Some brightness later
Rain becoming more persistent overnight. The rain gradually clearing tomorrow morning then sunny spells for the afternoon, feeling cooler