The chief executive of oil company Cuadrilla Resources told ITV News people are having the debate about fracking at a site in West Sussex "without the facts".
Speaking to ITV News' business editor Laura Kuenssberg about protests outside a Cuadrilla site in Balcombe, Francis Egan said, "We haven't put forward a proposal to fracture [frack] in Balcombe ... So there is a debate going on about fracturing in Balcombe without any actual fracturing going on".
The Balcombe site has become a national focal point for a campaign against hydraulic fracturing.
Green MP Caroline Lucas was among those arrested at a sit-in aimed at halting plans to drill for shale gas in a West Sussex village.
As campaigners in Balcombe begin a five-day camp in protest at fracking, supporter Tisha Brown tells ITV News why it's such a crucial issue.
The chief executive of Cuadrilla Resources, Francis Egan, told ITV News the company "will complete our approved work" at its Balcombe site.