The move depicts the evidence that the oil and gas explorer responding to mounting public pressure over its drilling activities, during an intensifying national debate about the pros and cons of fracking for shale gas in the U.K.
Police is considering that the environmental activists at the site may initiate a campaign of civil disobedience.
“During this time, our main concern is the safety of our staff, Balcombe’s residents and the protesters following threats of direct action against the exploration site.
“We will resume full operations as soon as it is safe to do so.”
The amount of security has been doubled through mounting security fences and installing razor wire at the Balcombe site. The camp organisers ‘No Dash for Gas’ warned there will be “direct action” – prompting fears of clashes between protesters and police.
By now, around 40 people have been arrested since the anti-fracking protests began on the outskirts of the West Sussex village three weeks ago.
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