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Hundreds gather in Balcombe for mass fracking protest
11:04am Sunday 18th August 2013 in News
Hundreds of anti-fracking protesters are to march on a controversial drilling site this afternoon (August 18).
Activists have promised “direct action” as energy firm Cuadrilla continue to look for oil near Balcombe.
Demonstrators have gathered at a campsite set up by the group No Dash for Gas.
They will march from Balcombe railway station to the drilling site at 3pm.
Officers from 10 different forces are policing the protest.
Cuadrilla has scaled back its operations during the latest protest camp which is scheduled to end by Wednesday.
Energy firm chief executive Francis Egan has indicated drilling will continue at the site as soon as it was safe to do so.
The test drilling does not involve the use of the controversial fracking technique.
However, the energy firm has not ruled out its use in the future.
Brighton Pavilion MP, Caroline Lucas, is among those set to join the march.
Argus reporter Finn Scott-Delany will be reporting from Balcombe throughout the day. For the latest check The Argus website.
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