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 to start 'as soon as possible'

Energy firm Cuadrilla is planning to start drilling for shale gas in Balcombe, West Sussex "as soon as possible," speaking to ITV News, a spokesman for the company said:

It could be today, or it could be tomorrow. It is a big piece of kit to test, but we are planning to start drilling as soon as possible.

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