Balcombe fracking protests: Activists rally in UK
Balcombe fracking protests have resulted in the suspension of drilling operations in a village in West Sussex, England. Amidst the furor, however, is the statement from Cuadrilla that there is no fracking in Balcombe.
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No Dash for Gas said last week Cuadrilla was up to no good in Balcombe. The company has a history of skirting the truth and residents of the village are already experiencing the impacts of Cuadrilla's fracking campaign, it said. The advocacy group said Cuadrilla in December said there were no plans to drill in Balcombe, but by May was already announcing plans for an exploration campaign. From heavy road traffic, to the disturbance to wildlife, campaigners say the energy company is clearly not wanted in Balcombe.
Cameron said he recognized the controversial drilling practice "has rightly drawn scrutiny." Campaigners worry it could lead to groundwater contamination. Fracking was suspended briefly in the country when Cuadrilla's campaign in 2011 caused minor tremors and now, with the shale revolution in full swing, the practice is creating even more of a stir. Even the Church of England stepped into the fray. (Related article: Gazprom Fiddles while America Fracks?)
Amidst the furor, however, is the statement from Cuadrilla that there is no fracking in Balcombe. The company said it would scale back drilling operations because of the protests. Advocacy groups said that was a victory, but the company questioned just what they were rebelling against in the first place.
"Cuadrilla’s exploration work at Balcombe involves drilling a conventional oil well," said Cuadrilla’s CEO Francis Egan said. "External groups protesting against hydraulic fracturing at Balcombe do so without any work proposal from Cuadrilla to judge."
Original article: http://oilprice.com/Energy/Natural-Gas/The-Battle-for-Balcombe.html
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