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The term ‘fracking’ is a contraction of ‘hydraulic fracturing’ — injecting fluid containing sand and chemicals at high pressure to fracture rock. Injecting chemicals into the ground to crack the earth far below our feet seems to be a case of human hubris — that ancient Greek word denoting extreme arrogance and lack of humility — and for many, it just feels wrong. New Zealand is just one country where the concern about the technology has grown very rapidly.

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