A protest camp in south east England has forced the suspension of exploratory tests for potential fracking – the controversial process of drilling for shale gas.
Cuadrilla, the company behind the works near Balcombe in West Sussex, took the decision fearing unrest and for the safety of their workers.
Flamboyant fashion designer Vivienne Westwood has thrown her weight behind the campaign against fracking.
“We’ve had no debate about it, we don’t know if it will do good or bad, I mean I am sure it is very, very bad,” said Westwood, during a visit to the protest camp.
There are calls for a public debate on fracking, which involves high pressure liquid being forced deep underground to split shale rock and release gas.
Environmentalists, anti-capitalists and even druids have joined the protest action in Balcombe, a picturesque and affluent village.
“They know what they are doing by injecting poisons into the ground, so they are actually raping the Mother Earth,” said one druid who goes by the name of ‘Lardo.’
British Prime Minister David Cameron fully supports fracking. He is hoping the country can follow the US, where surging production has lowered energy prices and cut imports.