Balcombe villagers still protesting about proposed fracking plans

The residents of the Balcombe village at West Sussex are complaining about the continuing protests about ‘fracking’ technique being done in their locality. The villagers wrote a letter to strongly state their complaint against the derisive propaganda from environmentalists and locals who are opposed to the shale gas fracking.

Earlier in August, more than a hundred protesters created a blockade outside Balcombe in West Sussex where Cuadrilla was drilling for oil as an exploratory measure. The blockade led to more than 25 arrests including that of Caroline Lucas, a green MP.

Although that activists camp occupying a nearby field has already left, there are still more than 50 people remaining at the gate camp and they have adamantly indicated that they will stay there for as long as it takes.

In an anonymous letter written by a group of village residents, they strongly stated their disapproval of the continuing and recent protests and the derisive propaganda from environmentalists and locals who are opposed to the shale gas fracking by Cuardilla. Balcombe has more than 2000 residents, and 60 of those signed that letter, stating their grounds as that of energy security and energy prices, said that the fracking should be accepted as a sensible technology.

Those who wrote the letter also said that they believe that the fracking technique would not damage the environment, and that they find the abuse suffered by the drilling company employees as deplorable, as well as the extended trespassing, the policing, and the establishment of protest camps that have become almost temporary on their beautiful roads.

The letter also included complaints about villagers suffering the unfair abuse of their parish council, the unsightly banners, the politicisation of their village fete and the spread of unwanted fear. They also complained about the camps outside the drilling site entrance as delaying many people on their way to work, as well as the outrageous costs incurred by the policing.