Google hits on the fracking divide

‘Fracking’ has now overtaken ‘climate change’ in Google searches as Matt Damon brings the divisive topic to Hollywood. But is this just the start of an increasingly fierce battle?

Not so long ago, fracking was a technical term little known beyond the energy industry. Now it's coming to Hollywood, as the fierce battle between environmentalists and oil firms is played out in several forthcoming films.

Hydraulic fracturing, the controversial drilling technique also known as fracking, has lifted US energy output dramatically, despite warnings from critics who fear it pollutes water deep underground.

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