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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Fracking firm Cuadrilla testing equipment

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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