Shale gas drilling rig near Southport © REAF
On 6 July 2012 a Planning Inquiry recommended that controversial exploratory drilling for shale gas should go ahead at the Llandow Industrial Estate, Vale of Glamorgan.
The extraction of Shale gas uses a process of high-pressure hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking. This involves breaking up rocks underground, such as shale, by pumping a mix of water, sand and chemicals into the ground at high-pressure.
Fracking is widespread in the US where there have been reports that fracking chemicals and gas have entered local water supplies. Fracking operations caused two small earthquakes near Blackpool in April and May 2011.
The Department of Energy & Climate Change has issued 16 exploration licences covering part or all of the counties of:
More than half of the Welsh population lives in areas that have the potential to be fracking sites.
Friends of the Earth Cymru have submitted an anti-fracking e-petition to the National Assembly for Wales.
Because it has to be within the Assembly’s remit and call for specific action we can’t ask for a ban on fracking. However, the Petitions Committee can call for evidence, call Ministers and other witnesses, write a report, and make recommendations.
Please sign the petition which closes on 24th September.