Protesters have vowed to remain at the controversial drilling test site at Balcombe in Sussex until the area is cleared. Energy firm Cuadrilla is withdrawing from the site where it had been carrying out exploratory drilling.
Anti-fracking campaigners say they will eventually stand-down but will come back if the company returns for further tests. Sarah Saunders speaks to Balcombe protesters and Ewa Jasiewicz from from No Dash For Gas.
The well is now closed off for the coming months as Cuadrilla applies for planning permission to come back and test flow rates. We appreciate that the Balcombe community has had to bear the strain of protest, as have our on-site and support team and contractors.
We commend West Sussex County Council and police for both facilitating peaceful protest and preserving order.”
Cuadrilla have announced that the Balcombe exploration drilling operations have now been completed. They've started removing their drilling equipment from the site and expect to be out by September 28th.