|The Dart Energy site at Farndon|
I know I should use my car less, and I know I should have used my rusting and neglected bike a lot more before it ceased to be of any use to anyone but the rag and bone man.
That being said I'm equally not living my life with my head stuck in the sand, refusing to listen to any argument that might contradict a 'don't worry about the consequences' fuel consumption lifestyle.
Consequently, when I heard about fracking it didn't get me all excited, one way or another. If you're in the dark like I was, fracking is the hydraulic fracturing of rock to release gas. If I was totally honest my initial reaction was to be slightly excited at the prospect of cheap gas.
Then I heard that environmental protesters were setting up camp in Farndon. I might be selfishly drifting along in my centrally heated bubble, but I'm open to having my ideas challenged.
Brian Plumridge talks to protesters, residents, business people and Dart Energy.
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And so it came to pass. I decided to visit Farndon, stay the night with the protesters - yes, the whole night - and listen to their concerns. I also agreed to go to a community meeting in nearby Holt, where the pressure group Frack Off were delivering a presentation about what they call 'extreme energy'.