South Africa’s Karoo region, in the south west of the country, is thought to have significant reserves of shale gas.
Shale gas holds considerable advantages. But there are still a number of uncertainties around whether South Africa is ready for such a bold step.
Research shows people don't trust planning decisions if it seems central government or energy companies have had too much influence.
The government promises cash for communities that accept fracking, but cannot know whether it can keep that promise or not.
Protestors outside North Yorkshire county hall react to the decision.
Councillors are caught in the crossfire between government, industry, protestors and locals.
Woodside’s Karatha Gas Plant on Western Australia’s northern coast.
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Woodside's deferral of its floating gas project in Western Australia is just the latest blow low oil prices have dealt the industry.
Demonstrators gather on the opening day of the public inquiry into Lancashire County Council’s decision to refuse permission for fracking at two sites.
There's a bunfight about whether local or national government should call the shots when it comes to fracking.
Gas is the solution to some but not all our problems.
UK's decision to close coal power plants is really a statement of the obvious, and does nothing to answer the problem of what to do afterwards.
A fracking well in Pennsylvania, which saw rapid and sometimes-problematic spread of natural gas development.
Different states and countries with shale gas can benefit from the mistakes made by other regions that rushed into fracking. Here’s one state’s plan.
A fracking well injects large volumes of water, chemicals and sand to fracture rock.
Fracking fluids in Marcellus shale have contaminated groundwater but new study finds that the source is likely from surface spills, not leaks from underground wells.
Dolerite sills so distinctive of the Karoo scenery in South Africa.
South Africa's Karoo area has potential for gas deposits and other mineral deposits like nickel and copper.
Shale gas league 2015: Preston 2 Fracking 0.
Those against shale gas extraction have scored a couple of wins in the north-west of England, but industry-government-researcher collusion may yet win the day.
Energy secretary Amber Rudd on the march.
With wind braced for more cutbacks, government backing of nuclear and fracking will end in tears.
South Africa could see wells like this if the government gives the go-ahead for fracking to take place.
Fracking presents a better alternative to coal mining. Finding a way to produce the gas economically is the first challenge to getting fracking underway.
Mission accomplished? Protesters outside the European parliament in Brussels.
Europe was supposed to be big business for fracking companies, but so far not so good. So what's going wrong?
Brinkmanship is back.
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As tensions run high over Russia's gas supplies to the Ukraine, and by extension parts of Europe, the reality for the EU is less than perfect: it will need Russian gas for the foreseeable future.
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