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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