Cuadrilla has shut down its drilling rig in Lancashire after the work was blamed for minor earthquakes The controversial gas extraction process known as fracking is “dead” in the UK, campaigners and local residents groups have claimed. Cuadrilla , the fracking company most active in England , has begun removing equipment from its only testing area after the work was blamed for minor earthquakes in August . There are no plans to continue at the Lancashire site, and an imminent energy white paper from the government is set to prioritise renewable energy over fracking, which blasts a mixture of water and chemicals into underground shale rock to release gas. Once lauded by David Cameron and George Osborne as a technique that would cut energy bills and create tens of thousands of jobs, fracking was losing political support even before the tremors at Cuadrilla’s site near…

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