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    Some 2,500 residents of the northwestern English town of Bolton signed a petition to ban fracking in the region, local media reported Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) In August, Bolton media reported that the government had offered a license for exploratory work in western areas of Bolton to drilling firm Osprey.

    Local Liberal Democrats, who launched the anti-fracking petition signed by 2,500 Bolton residents, are expected to submit it to the town council later in the day, the Bolton News newspaper reported.

    Bolton Councillor Andrew Martin is expected to back the petition with a motion, asking the Council to support the public opposition to the fracking project.

    "The petition and the motion say that we shouldn’t allow any fracking on council land," Roger Hayes, the leader of Bolton Liberal Democrats, was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

    Fracking is a technique of extracting shale gas and oil by injecting pressurized toxic liquid into the ground. Environmentalists insist that fracking endangers the environment through leakage and spillage of the poisonous liquid materials into groundwater.


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