SOUTHERN ENGLAND SHALE
The discovery of billions of barrels of shale oil lurking underneath affluent neighbourhoods of southern England has caused concern among residents, the National Trust and estate agents alike.
Locals in parts of Kent, Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire, which lie above the oil-rich "Jurassic Weald Basin", are worried their properties and the surrounding environment will be affected by fracking – the process of extracting shale oil – and view the government's offer of additional community compensation as a form of "bribery" to win over local councils.
Martin Bamford, a 34-year old financial services professional,…
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