Application for test drilling at Balcombe approved

An application submitted by the energy company Cuadrilla to do further exploration work for oil and gas in Balcombe has been approved, by West Sussex Council.

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VIDEO: Cuadrilla to carry out further tests at Balcombe

The energy firm at the centre of anti-fracking protests in West Sussex has been given permission to carry out further tests. West Sussex County Council has given Cuadrilla a licence to see if oil could be commercially extracted at its site near the village of Balcombe.

The firm has ruled out using the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing. But environmentalists claim drilling for fossil fuels in rural locations is dangerous. Watch Malcolm Shaw's report.

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