Energy firm Cuadrilla have said started testing equipment ahead of exploratory drilling for gas at a site near Balcombe in West Sussex last night, the company confirmed. A spokesperson said:
Testing of equipment started last night but we haven't started drilling yet.
Campaigns against the controversial method have now entered a ninth day. Drilling could begin as early as later today.
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