Fracking protests

Protesters from Somerset have joined the mass camp in Sussex against fracking.

Balcombe fracking protests could come to Somerset

Could the West be the latest battleground over fracking - the controversial procedure for extracting gas from solid rock.

Protesters around the region have joined demonstrations at Balcombe in West Sussex where it's feared test drilling may be about to take place.

But supporters of fracking say we have nothing to fear from the process.

Our Somerset Correspondent David Woodland reports:

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Anti-fracking group 'not taking action' on second day

Anti-fracking campaign group No Dash For Gas said they have no plans for a second day of action, although groups of people may protest outside the drilling site in Balcombe, West Sussex.

Today we are not taking action.

We are having meetings and deciding what to do next. But we will be coming back, it is not a sprint, it's a marathon.

– Ewa Jasiewicz, No Dash For Gas

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Anti-fracking protesters turn out for a second day

Environmental activists slow down a lorry heading to the Cuadrilla exploratory drilling site in Balcombe, West Sussex. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA

Protesters, including from Somerset, have turned out for a second day of direct action at a drilling site in Balcombe in West Sussex, demonstrating against fracking.

The Green Party MP Caroline Lucas was among more than 30 people arrested when anti-fracking campaigners staged a series of protests around the country on Monday.