Fracking leading to split views in West Sussex village

The residents of the Balcombe village in West Sussex have complained about the ongoing protests regarding the controversial technique called fracking, amidst the battle whether the country should go ahead with it or not.

Hundreds of people protested early this month and blockaded the site right outside of Balcombe where an exploratory oil drilling was being done by Cuadrilla, which led to 29 arrests including Caroline Lucas, a green MP. Although an activist camp nearby has already left the site, there are still more than 50 people remaining at the ‘gate camp’, reported Tammy Semede, a camp protester who informed The Guardian that she will remain protesting for as long as it takes.

In an anonymous correspondence, more than 60 village residents out of 2000 said that they wanted to write and record their strong disapproval of the continuing protests and frowned at the relentless propaganda from environmentalists and locals who are opposed to ‘fracking’ for gas derived from shale. Favoring this technique in view of energy security and energy prices, the villagers said that the technology is sensible and should be accepted.

The villagers added that they believe ‘fracking’ would not damage the environment. In their correspondence, the West Sussex at Balcombe residents expressed their negative views of the extended trespassing, the drilling company employees’ abuse, the protest camps on the beautiful road verges and also the police. They view these actions as an act of abuse to the exercise of the right to hold peaceful protest.

The letter also complained that the village had duly suffered the politicization of their village fete, the abuse of their parish council, unsightly banners and the spread of unwanted and unnecessary fear.

Rodney Jago, a resident of Balcombe and a part of those who organized the letter, stated that it was high time for the protesters to leave their roadside camps outside the entrance of the drilling site as they are seriously delaying people who are trying to go to work, and the costs incurred for policing is getting ridiculous.