UK lawmaker arrested at anti-fracking protest

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Associated Press

Posted on August 19, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 19 at 9:04 AM

LONDON (AP) — A British lawmaker is among several people arrested at a protest against shale gas extraction in southern England.

Press photos showed Caroline Lucas, Britain's only Green Party member of Parliament, being led away by police from a sit-in at the gates of a drilling site near the village of Balcombe on Monday.

The Cuadrilla Resources Ltd. site has been targeted by demonstrators opposing the process known as fracking.

The company says its operation at Balcombe involves exploratory drilling for oil and won't include fracking, though it hasn't ruled it out in future.

Protesters on Monday also blockaded Cuadrilla's central England headquarters and the London offices of a PR firm it employs.

The government says tapping shale gas could transform Britain's energy supply, but critics say it risks despoiling the countryside.

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