London divided over fracking

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London divided over fracking

Hundreds of anti-fracking campaigners are protesting outside Parliament today calling for fracking to be put on hold. 

Protestors say they want the government to look closely at the growing body of evidence that allegedly show the harmful impacts of fracking. 

The campaign comes as a group of MPs claim fracking could derail efforts to tackle climate change. 

This morning, however, Nick Grealy from Natural Gas 2.0, one of seven companies who have applied for a license to frack in London said that the negative impact of fracking has been vastly overstated and denied that it would cause damage to London. Mr Grealy also said protestors were nitpicking to manipulate the facts. 

The government say the development of a shale gas industry boose the economy, creating jobs. 

In the studio, anti-fracking campaigner Joe Corré from Talk Fracking discussed why he and many others are so opposed to it and comments on a recent report by the Enviromental Audit Committee which claims there are "huge uncertainties" about the environmental impact of fracking.

Joan Walley MP, who headed the committe also said she was uncertain about the impact of fracking on water supplies, air quality and public health. 

London Live’s Luke Blackall went to Parliament to find out what protestors are hoping to achieve. 

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