Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a process that injects water, sand, and chemicals into underground rock (usually shale) at high pressure to extract natural gas. But it is highly controversial. Supporters say it provides with a cheap and safe source of fuel and helps provide jobs and prosperity, while opponents say it pollutes air and water and threatens rural communities.
Poland is about to open its doors to an unprecedented dash for gas. But with multinational energy companies circling and widespread fracking about to begin, people and the environment are in the firing line. Our investigation and film, Fracking hell?: Poland’s dash for gas, carried out in association with the Link TV programme Earth Focus, has secured widespread coverage, including in The Guardian newspaper. and US news magazine Alternet. The story is featuring as part of the major Link TV special, Fracking Hell: the big story, in March 2013.