Energy firm halts work in face of fracking protest

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Posted: Aug 16, 2013 6:09 AM

LONDON (AP) — Energy company Cuadrilla Resources Ltd. has temporarily suspended drilling at an exploration site in southern England following protests from residents and environmentalists opposed to shale gas extraction.

The company said Friday it had stopped work on police advice, but would resume "as soon as it is safe to do so."

Demonstrators are planning to expand a protest camp starting Friday near the village of Balcombe.

Cuadrilla is leading work in Britain on the extraction of gas by hydraulic fracturing, a process known as fracking.

The company says its operation at Balcombe involves exploratory drilling for oil and will not include fracking.

The British government says tapping underground gas reserves could transform Britain's energy supply, but critics say the environmental risk is too great.