03:51 GMT03 March 2021
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    Dozens of environmental activists on Monday took part in an anti-fracking rally in the northern UK town of Malton, local media reported.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) At least 50 protesters gathered in front of Malton's branch of Barclays Bank, protesting the financial institution's support of hydraulic fracturing, the Gazette and Herald newspaper reported.

    According to the newspaper, the Malton protest starts a week of rallies across the country against the bank's involvement in fracking activities.

    Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a method to extract shale gas and oil by injecting pressurized toxic liquid into the ground, which some organizations believe is dangerous for the environment.

    Barclays Bank possesses some 95 percent of Third Energy, the UK company, which has been allowed to start hydraulic fracturing for shale gas in the UK county of North Yorkshire.


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