Cuadrilla Resources on Aug. 16 temporarily suspended activities at its West Sussex site in response to an escalation of protests against fracing.
According to British news reports, security has been heightened at its Balcombe site, which already resembles a heavily fortified encampment. Workmen have erected barbed wire and security fences.
Cuadrilla said in a statement: “After taking advice from Sussex Police, Cuadrilla is scaling back operations ahead of this weekend’s ‘No Dash For Gas’ protest event. 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.”
There have been about 40 arrests since the anti-fracing protests sprang up on the outskirts of West Sussex three weeks ago.