An independent report commissioned by the UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change has found that hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, did cause tremors in the Blackpool region in April and May 2011.


Fracking. It’s big business. Australian-based BHP Billiton paid $5 billion (NZ$6 billion) for fracking (aka 'fraccing') rights for a site in Arkansas earlier this year. But the technique, which is used to stimulate the production of oil and natural gas, has copped much criticism in the US, Europe and Australia for its detrimental impacts on the environment, and now there are concerns around its use in New Zealand.