Today's announcement that the government is to allow generous tax incentives to encourage 'fracking' has had a very mixed response.
Fracking is the method of releasing natural gas from rock deep beneath the earth's surface, and there are reserves in both Kent and Sussex. Alison MacKenzie reports.
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Police remain at the scene. They say there is no threat to public safety.
Tuesday afternoon's weather for the west of the region
Tuesday afternoon's weather for the east of the region