Conflict in the UK

In a rapidly developing conflict between public welfare and environmental obstinacy in the UK, obstinacy has won a round. Cuadrilla Resources Ltd., under pressure from activists and on the advice of local police, on Aug. 16 announced suspension of drilling at a well in Balcombe, a village south of London. Police had warned of "direct action" by protestors against the company, which expressed concern for the safety of its employees, Balcombe residents, and its antagonists. Environmentalists are targeting Cuadrilla because the company wants to assess shale-gas potential in northern England, where it has identified a resource of perhaps 200 tcf of gas in place. They warn, baselessl...

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