Balcombe fracking row takes fresh twist as it emerges parish council raised no objection to drilling
Date published: 26th September 2013
This is because the site was just outside the village and was already barren having previously been used to produce oil without causing any problems, she said.
"Because it was an established site and is still an oil platform and is heavily shielded from the road we didn't feel a need to object to it or to take the matter any further. I fully accept now that this was a bad judgement call. We're as gutted as anybody else that we missed it," said Ms Stevenson.
"If we'd known for a second how significant this would be we would have plastered posters all round the village in a second," she said.
Back in 2010 very few people had heard of fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, a practice that has been linked to water pollution and earth tremors that releases oil and gas from shale by blasting a mixture of sand, water and chemicals into the rock at high speed.
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