Opposition to energy companies wanting to get at the oil and gas reserves beneath a large swathe of the south of England is fierce.
At Balcombe, West Sussex, 1,000 protesters took part in demonstrations which closed roads and led to dozens of arrests.
In Fernhurst, on the West Sussex/Surrey border, residents are squaring up to oppose a forthcoming application to drill for oil.
And at Leith Hill, near Dorking, residents have spent four years opposing drilling for oil and gas in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
So will people always try to protect local environments against the search for new sources of energy?