Greenpeace has launched a legal challenge to stop any further fracking in England.
Police said they are winding up their operation overseeing anti-fracking protests in Balcombe as the cost is expected to hit £4 million.
George Osborne has unveiled tax breaks for controversial fracking in a bid to create the "most generous" regime for shale gas in the world.
Anti-fracking campaigners have pitched their tents outside West Sussex County Council after a roadside camp was repossessed. People have been protesting outside County Hall in Chichester today.
Earlier this week, the High Court granted the council a possession order for grass verges in Balcombe, where protestors had been camping. Campaigners say they will stay outside the council headquarters until tomorrow. Campaigner Kenny Lloyd spoke to Meridian.
Anti-fracking protesters have pitched up outside the offices of a council which took legal action to evict activists from beside a former exploratory drilling site. Around 25 people with nine tents have gathered for a peaceful protest outside County Hall in Chichester, West Sussex.
This week the High Court granted West Sussex County Council a possession order for verges at Balcombe amid concerns protesters were causing a hazard by camping by the busy road. Balcombe was at the centre of anti-fracking protests during the summer as energy firm Cuadrilla conducted test drilling.
A Sussex MP has spoken of the need to protect the environment after appearing in court over anti-fracking protests. Caroline Lucas, who represents Brighton Pavilion, pleaded not guilty to two charges following demonstrations in Balcombe this summer. Tom Savvides reports.
Greenpeace is arguing that plans to drill horizontally under people's homes is unlwaful if they don't have permission from the owners.
Greenpeace Senior Campaigner Anna Jones said: “Under English law, if you own land, your rights extend to all the ground beneath it. That means if someone drills under your home without permission it is trespass.”
“To avoid being liable for trespass, drillers would need landowners’ permission. And this case is about people explicitly declaring they do not give that permission. This will make it extremely difficult for companies to move ahead with any horizontal drilling plans.”
Greenpeace has launched a legal challenge to fracking in England to halt what it calls “reckless and presumptuous” plans for shale gas extraction across the country.
It made the announcement at a joint press conference with people whose homes are in the firing line of potential fracking sites, including residents from Balcombe in Sussex.
Greenpeace expects thousands of people to join the legal block, creating a patchwork of no-go areas for the fracking industry across the country.
The cost of policing the anti fracking protests in Balcombe is more than £4m and ,despite some help from the government, much of the bill will fall to Sussex Police.
Today the energy minister announced there are potentially 40 more drilling sites to explore for shale gas nationwide. So how much more will police forces have to fork out? John Ryall reports.
The energy company Cuadrilla, has been granted a permit to manage wastes, which may contain naturally occurring radioactive substances. It follows the completion of exploratory drilling for oil and gas reserves at Balcombe.
The Environment Agency say they made the decision after a six-week consultation with local residents.
– Chris Wick, Environment Agency
We would like to thank all those people who responded to this consultation. If the well testing goes ahead we will monitor Cuadrilla’s operations and work with other regulators to ensure that the activity does not cause harm to people and the environment.”
More drilling could take place outside a Sussex village which has been the focus of anti-fracking protests. Energy firm Cuadrilla has submitted plans to carry out "flow tests" at the Balcombe site after test drilling found hydrocarbons in rock samples.
A Cuadrilla spokesman said the new application did not include a request to carry out fracking. The firm had drilled a 3,000ft vertical well and a 2,500ft horizontal bore, but the well had been closed off while it sought fresh planning permission.
A West Sussex County Council spokesman confirmed the application was submitted on Wednesday and that it would take 10 days for it to be published and appear on the authority's website. He said there would then be a formal consultation.