Fracking go ahead?

Campaigners have raised fears that the Government is poised to give the green light to pushing ahead with controversial shale gas exploration in the UK. The Vale of Glamorgan is considering introducing the process.

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WWF Cymru: "There is still considerable uncertainty over whether shale gas is viable to extract"

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.

Gas has been the main cause of hikes in people’s bills over the past decade and gas prices are expected to continue to rise.

Wales must join with the whole of the UK in playing our part in reducing use of fossil fuels so as to ward off the worst effects of climate change.

This means we have to be prepared to wean ourselves off coal, oil and gas and do more to gain the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy.

The good news is that the green economy is a booming sector with huge opportunities for job creation.

– ALUN JAMES, POLICY OFFICER, WWF CYMRU

Water contamination 'biggest risk' say campaigners

Campaigners in Wales say water contamination is the biggest risk facing the environment if fracking gets the go-ahead from the UK government.

Earthquakes are not the biggest risk of fracking, the huge risks are water contamination and climate change.

– Louise Evans, the chair of The Vale Says No

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.

It only takes a little drop of a lethal toxin chemical from the transport of the chemicals to the fracking site to have a huge effect on humans and animals.

– Louise Evans, the chair of The Vale Says No

Fracking safe to resume?

Anti-fracking protesters
Campaign group 'The Vale Says No' was set up to try to prevent fracking going ahead in the Vale of Glamorgan Credit: ITV News Wales

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.

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