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Fracking protesters and residents in Balcombe, Sussex

The energy firm Cuadrilla is scaling back its work at an exploration site in West Sussex on police advice but protesters said they will not be happy until the firm has gone.

Today's Sima Kotecha reports from Balcombe about the opposing views on drilling for gas.

She spoke to activists who claims there were threats to the water supply in an area of outstanding natural beauty from acid used in drilling.

But one resident wants them to go, and said the protesters were "a load of nutters really... with nothing better to do half the time".

More from Friday's Today programme on Radio 4.

  • 16 Aug 2013
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