United Kingdom: Balcombe fracking protesters plead not guilty to causing disruption

Guardian: Eight people have pleaded not guilty to causing disruption during protests against fracking. The defendants are charged in connection with more than two weeks of campaigning in Balcombe, West Sussex, against the energy company Cuadrilla, which is testing for shale gas in the area. Fracking involves the pumping of high pressure liquid deep underground to split shale rock and release gas, which according to opponents could potentially cause water contamination, small-scale earthquakes and environmental......

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