8:31 pm, Mon 13 Jan 2014
Fracking in the west
Groups opposed to fracking - the controversial technique of drilling for gas - have described a government incentive as "bribery". Further licences to explore in parts of the West could be issued later this year - in addition to one area of Somerset already identified.
Today the Prime Minister said councils that allow fracking will now be able to keep all the associated business rates as well as other benefits. Our political correspondent Bob Constantine reports from Westminster.
7:20 pm, Thu 22 Aug 2013
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:
9:59 am, Tue 20 Aug 2013
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
10:58 am, Tue 20 Aug 2013
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.
7:11 am, Wed 01 May 2013
A public meeting is being held tonight in Compton Martin to talk about the controversial gas drilling method 'fracking'.
The company UK Methane are looking at the Somerset village as one of two places to test drill for shale gas and coal bed methane extraction.
An opposition group says there are concerns of contamination of land and water.