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Most Brits put off buying property near fracking sites, survey shows


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Survey results released today by House Extension Online show that the majority of Brits would be out off buying property if fracking were being carried out in the area, with 21.2% saying they would be somewhat unlikely to buy a house near a fracking site and 43.7% indicating that they would be very unlikely.

The results come just a week after Lancashire council's decision to ban shale company Cuadrilla from fracking in the county was overturned by the communities secretary Sajid Javid.

Fracking, a process by which natural gas is extracted from deep underground shale rock formations, has long been at the centre of ecological debates in the UK, gaining vocal opposition from large-scale campaign groups such as Greenpeace, as well as from local community organisations. Just three weeks ago Labour shadow energy and climate secretary Barry Gardiner announced that the next Labour government would ban the practice completely.

Perhaps surprisingly, given the student community´s particularly vocal opposition to fracking, respondents to the survey aged 18-24 showed the least resistance to buying property near to a fracking site, with 33.88% saying they would be very unlikely to do so, in comparison with those aged 35 and upwards, where the percentage rose to above 43%.

Those aged 18-24 were also the most likely to be swayed in favour of fracking if it reduced their own spending, with only 27.27% saying that they would still be against fracking if it were to result in lower energy bills, in comparison with the general population, where 31.3% said they would be against the practice, and 32.5% would be for it.

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