About 120 people attended a meeting this evening about plans by UK Oil and Gas to drill for oil near the Surrey village of Dunsfold, near Guildford.
People living around the Horse Hill oil site near Gatwick Airport have protested about long-term drilling and production plans.
A government adviser has been accused of “negligent failure” for refusing to revise a report on the health impacts of fracking.
Edgon Resources confirmed this afternoon it had begun drilling its oil exploration well at Biscathorpe, near Louth in Lincolnshire.
Increases in air pollution linked to preparations for fracking in North Yorkshire could happen anywhere the operation is planned, shale gas opponents said today.
Campaigners in southern England have criticised what they say is a “gaping hole” in the regulations covering the use of acid on oil sites.
The Environment Agency announced this afternoon it had granted a new permit for the oil exploration site at Balcombe in West Sussex.