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    (File) Protesters hold placards at the Preston New Road site where Energy firm Cuadrilla are setting up fracking (hydraulic fracturing) operations at Little Plumpton near Blackpool in northwest England on January 10, 2017

    UK Campaigners Urge Gov't to Stop Ongoing Fracking in Lancashire

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    Representatives of UK environmental groups protesting against hydraulic fracturing, called to stop drilling in the Lancashire country, according to local media.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Representatives of UK environmental groups protesting against hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has called on the central government to stop drilling in the Lancashire country after the energy company Cuadrilla began doing so recently, local media reported Friday.

    On Thursday, Cuadrilla said that it had started drilling at the Preston New Road site. However, the company will not start fracking for gas until 2018.

    According to the UK Blackpool Gazette newspaper, the Friends of the Earth group has called on the country's Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Greg Clark to not consent to the production of gas via controversial means.

    The representatives of the Preston New Road Action Group also expressed their regret against the backdrop of Cuadrilla's announcement saying that the company had a "total disregard for the local community."

    Cuadrilla received a governmental permit for fracking at the Preston New Road site in October 2016, when UK authorities overturned Lancashire County Council's decision to ban fracking in the area. In January, the company began building infrastructure at the site, sparking a wave of protests among local residents and environmentalists.

    Hydraulic fracturing is a technology allowing for the extraction of shale hydrocarbons by injecting pressurized toxic liquid into the ground. This process has been largely criticized by its opponents for the risks posed to environment and people's health as they believe the process contaminates water in the area and could cause earthquakes.

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