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Minister warns of fracking shake

Energy Minister Michael Fallon appears to have contradicted his own public claims that fracking would not ruin the countryside after apparently joking the controversial drilling process could cause houses' walls to shake.

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Campaigners continue protest against fracking

Campaigners protest against fracking in Balcombe, West Sussex. Credit: Catherine Janes/ITV News

The plans for exploratory oil drilling around Balcombe in West Sussex have thrust the village into the national spotlight over the issue of fracking.

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For the past week, large numbers of police have been deployed to ensure lorries carrying equipment into the testing site are unhindered by protesters.

Campaigners who have turned up include Mick Jagger's ex-wife Bianca Jagger, former Page 3 model and ex-mayor Marina Pepper, and Natalie Hynde, daughter of the Kinks' Ray Davies and the Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde.

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