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Campaigners against a controversial method of gas extraction say they will continue to fight, after the UK Government gave the go-ahead for fracking at a site in Lancashire today.
A number of sites in the Vale of Glamorgan have previously been ear marked for testing to see if shale gas is buried underground. David Wood reports
Energy Minister Ed Davey has spoken to ITV about the UK Government's decision to go ahead with gas exploration in Lancashire using hydraulic fracturing. He says communities should be reassured. Just because a company says it wants to go 'fracking' doesn't mean it will go 'fracking'.
Despite all the hype, there is still considerable uncertainty as to how much shale gas is in the ground and whether it will be socially, environmentally or economically viable to extract.
Campaigners in Wales say water contamination is the biggest risk facing the environment if fracking gets the go-ahead from the UK government.
Last year, minor earthquakes at a fracking site in Lancashire caused the government to stop work continuing there. A report has today found that there was a link between the tremors and the work being done, but it has concluded that fracking could resume again under strict new guidelines.
Campaigners who are protesting against a site in the Vale of Glamorgan say while earthquakes are a concern, the main threat to the environment is a chemical leak into the ground.
They are calling on the Welsh Government to take a step back and make sure processes are in place to limit risks.
Environmental campaigners in Wales will be closely watching news that fracking could resume in Lancashire.
The process of drilling for shale gas at Preese Hall was stopped after it was blamed for causing earth tremors near Blackpool.
A report commissioned by the Department of Energy and Climate Change has concluded that while the small earthquakes were a direct result of the treatment, further activity is "low".
Last year, campaigners in Wales protested against plans to introduce the same process in the Vale of Glamorgan.
They welcomed the report into the reasons for tremors in Lancashire and called for the Welsh Assembly Government to issue a moratorium on the process of fracking so the risks could be properly assessed.
Latest ITV News reports
The UK government have this morning given the go ahead for a firm in Lancashire to restart gas exploration using hydraulic fracturing.