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Commenting on reports that Cuadrilla has written to residents of Balcombe announcing it won’t carry out fracking at its Lower Stumble well site, which is near the village, Friends of the Earth’s South East Campaigner Brenda Pollack said:

“While residents will undoubtedly be relieved that Cuadrilla has ruled out fracking at its Balcombe site, the community still faces the prospect of significant industrial activity on its doorstep.

“Local people will want more information about Cuadrilla’s plans and the potential impacts on their community and environment.

“With mounting evidence of the threat climate change poses to our environment and economy, we should be developing clean energy solutions, not more dirty fossil fuels.”


Notes to editors:

1. Cuadrilla writes to Balcombe residents to say it will not be ‘fracking’ in the village.

2. Fracking is a dirty word. The Government is threatening to puncture our green and pleasant land with countless fracking rigs in a headlong dash for gas, with little thought to local people. Shale gas is a dirty fossil fuel that contributes to climate change, and it poses serious local environmental risks such as water contamination and shortages. Meanwhile, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest it won’t lower fuel bills, and it risks taking much-needed investment away from renewables and energy saving. For more information, and to send a clear message to the Government that fracking is a dirty word, visit

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