Two anti-fracking camps at sites where gas firms were carrying out exploratory drilling have packed up.
IGas and Dart Energy have completed their exploration at Barton Moss in Eccles, Greater Manchester and Daneshill in Retford, Nottinghamshire respectively.
But they had to face extra expense and delays caused by the protests.
Hundreds had marched in Manchester against the Barton Moss plans.
Fracking causes water contamination and earthquakes, and the gas it produces will contribute to speeding up climate change.
Firms are carrying out surveys, consultations and exploratory drilling with a view to fracking across large parts of Britain.
The Tories plan to issue licences for around 60 percent of the land of England, Scotland and Wales.
After the Barton Moss camp, gas firms are finding opposition to projects in other parts of Greater Manchester.
Meanwhile a “Frack Free Festival” is set to take place in the Chew Valley, Somerset this weekend.
A protest is set to take place in Knutsford, Cheshire on Saturday of next week.
And a small protest took place in Preston, Lancashire on Saturday of last week.
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