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Full Report: 'Fracking' earthquakes research by Durham University

Researchers at Durham University have found that fracking - a controversial drilling process to release underground gas reserves - is not a significant cause of earthquakes.

Many people have blamed fracking for causing tremors in the past, but after looking at operations in America where fracking is common the university team found that any tremors were barely noticable.

You can watch the full report from Richard Wilson below.

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Fracking gets government backing

A controversial drilling technique which splits opinion now has government approval.

Those in favour say fracking is safe and could help stop us importing gas from abroad. Those against talk about pollution to our water supplies and claim it causes small earthquakes.

Cuadrilla halted drilling on the Lancashire coast last year after two earth tremors near Blackpool.

But today the Government said it could go ahead but with stricter controls than before.

Cuadrilla already has a licence to explore 12-hundred square kilometres, mainly close to Blackpool and Lytham and St Annes.

There's some hope that consumers could see a fall in their gas bills.

Ben Schofield has more.

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