Anti-fracking events held across Wales

Anti-fracking street stalls and events are taking place across Wales today. Campaigners are concerned about the impact on the environment and are demanding that the Welsh Government bans the drilling process.

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Anti-frackers encourage Cardiff public to sign petition

Friends of the Earth Cymru are holding an event in Cardiff encouraging people to show opposition to so-called 'fracking' in Wales.

It's one of 18 events taking place all over Wales.

Events are taking place all over Wales

The organisation says more than a million people in Wales live in areas at risk from the process used to exploit gas and oilf rom shale rock.

There have already been a number of applications for test drillings in Wales
Environmentalists fear it can cause small earth tremors, water contamination and environmental damage

'Fracking' involves drilling down before fracturing layers of rock using a pressurised liquid.

A report last month says shale gas represents an opportunity for Wales, but that it must not come at the expense of Wales's natural environment.

Anti-fracking events to get underway across Wales

Anti-fracking street stalls and events are taking place across Wales today, with thousands of people expected to join environmental groups demanding that the Welsh Government bans the drilling process.

Fracking is seen as a controversial way to extract shale gas. Credit: ITV News Wales

Friends of the Earth say over a million people in Wales live in areas at risk from the process used to extract shale gas.

They say more should be done to cut energy waste and develop Wales' potential to find cleaner energy sources.

However, The Welsh Government say appropriate safeguards are in place to protect the environment in regards to dealing with natural gas and minerals.

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