The Guardian: Balcombe’s close encounter with fracking has a silver lining
Being the village at the centre of a national debate on energy production has made us think about our own responsibilityJoe Nixon, 17th April 2014, The Guardian
Last summer the village of Balcombe inadvertently became the byword for something none of us would have chosen: public hostility to fracking.
A recent parliamentary briefing on public attitudes towards shale gas talks about “before Balcombe” and “after Balcombe”, as if our village was an event, not a place. Since then, our community has served as a lightning conductor for anti-anti-fracking flak put out by shale gas cheerleaders in government and the onshore oil and gas exploration industry. We have been accused of being irresponsible, unpatriotic, selfish and called Nimbys.
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