Fracking activists set up protest camp

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Protestors at the camp
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Anti-fracking activists from Rotherham have set up camp outside a drilling rig to protest against the practice.

Frack Free South Yorkshire helped set up a ‘protectors’ camp’ in Sutton-Cum-Lound in Nottinghamshire in opposition to drilling by Dart Energy.

A 35-year-old man, Will Thompson, was arrested by police after climbing a 15-metre drilling rig and locking himself to it before coming down seven hours later.

But Dart Energy stresses it is not fracking, and says it is merely drilling to obtain coal samples, with its works expected to last between eight to 12 weeks.

In a statment on its website, it added that the site will be ‘fully restored’ to its previous use once drilling is over.

It said: “Dart Energy has safely drilled more than 20 CBM exploration wells over the past six years and we look forward to working in the local community in the coming months.”