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Plans to extract methane gas in Stoke-on-Trent have the support of local businesses. Tony Cotton, Head of Manufacturing at Johnson Tiles, believes methane extraction will help reduce costs and improve gas supply.
Critics of the plans say drilling will increase the risks of water contamination and methane leaks.
A spokesperson from campaign group Frack Off has described the extraction of coal bed methane as "as big a deal - if not bigger - than shale gas".
On their website the group describe it as "Shale Gas's less well known but equally destructive sibling in 'the family' of extreme energy methods". Extraction involves drilling into the rock formation containing the gas, sometimes adding stimulation like water or air to obtain the methane.
The group claim the closer proximity to the surface of the drilling increases risk of water contamination and methane leaks.
They say 12 planning applications have been approved in the UK for shale gas extraction, and 70 approved for coal bed methane.
Stoke-on-Trent city council is investigating extracting methane from disused coal beds in a bid to supply local businesses and communities with locally sourced power.
The council claim that local businesses and communities could benefit from locally-sourced energy.
Stoke-on-Trent city council is investigating the potential of extracting methane from disused coal beds in a bid to supply local businesses and communities with locally sourced power.
This announcement comes in addition to recent proposals to bring a host of new technologies to the local energy market including geo-thermal hot water, biomass and solar power.
Councillors hope that the city will benefit from cheaper energy prices and the creation of thousands of new jobs.