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Anti-fracking groups to gather at Senedd

Fracking has caused controversy in both here in Wales, and around the rest of the UK Credit: PA

Hundreds of campaigners are expected to gather outside the Senedd today to show their concerns against so-called 'fracking' in Wales.

'Fracking' is the term given to a technique used to release gas and oil from shale rock. It involves drilling down before fracturing layers of rock using a pressurised liquid.

Anti-fracking groups such say 'this is not an alternative energy source' and that "the money which is being in invested in ever more extremes of energy extraction should now go into clean energy'

The Welsh Government say given the challenges of the energy sector they understand there is a need to look at the potential of this type of energy resource. However, there is also a need to fully consider the impacts on communities and the environment.

Fracking protest held outside Senedd

This afternoon's protest is the latest in a series of rallies against fracking in Wales.

Around 35 campaigners have demonstrated outside the Senedd in Cardiff Bay this afternoon, to oppose fracking in Wales.

The event was organised by Frack-Free Wales, after the Chancellor George Osborne signalled his support for the controversial method of extracting shale gas in last month's Budget.

Chancellor's Budget support for fracking

Frack-Free Wales' plans for today's demonstration began after the Chancellor signalled the UK Government's support for fracking in last month's Budget.

I also want Britain to tap into new sources of low cost energy like shale gas.

So I am introducing a generous new tax regime, including a shale gas field allowance, to promote early investment.

And by the summer, new planning guidance will be available alongside specific proposals to allow local communities to benefit.

Shale gas is part of the future. And we will make it happen.

– George Osborne, Chancellor, in his Budget speech

Senedd protest against fracking in Wales

Fracking has proven controversial both here in Wales, and around the rest of the UK. Credit: PA

Around 200 campaigners are expected to protest outside the Senedd later against so-called 'fracking' in Wales.

Hydraulic fracturing involves pumping high pressure fluids into shale rock to recover gas and oil.

Campaigners 'Frack-Free Wales' say they have "grave environmental concerns" that the methods "are unsafe to our future generations."

They are planning to hand in a letter, addressed to the First Minister Carwyn Jones.

It is thought there is a substantial amount of gas under parts of South Wales.

The most controversial fracking issue here has centred around an application to test drill for shale gas at Llandow in the Vale of Glamorgan.

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Fightback after Chancellor signals support for fracking

Campaigners opposed to fracking are writing to First Minister Carwyn Jones and Prime Minister David Cameron to highlight their worries after the Chancellor signalled his support for the industry in yesterday's Budget.

It is thought there is a substantial amount of gas under parts of South Wales, and many local people are concerned about the controversial way it is extracted.

Those representing oil and gas operators have welcomed George Osborne's comments.

Hannah Thomas has been listening to both sides of the argument.

Anti-fracking group's fears over Budget announcement

Shale gas extraction involves injecting high pressure water and chemicals into rock Credit: ITV News

Anti-fracking campaigners in Wales say they'll write to First Minister Carwyn Jones and Prime Minister David Cameron to voice concerns after yesterday's Budget.

'Frack-Free Wales' claims the process is unsafe, and is campaigning against exploratory drilling in Wales.

Committee meeting hears evidence on fracking

Evidence will be given to the Environment and Sustainability Committee later on a controversial method of shale gas extraction more commonly known as fracking.

Those giving evidence include the environmental lobby group Friends of the Earth Cymru, and the group applying to test drill in south Wales UK Onshore Gas Limited.

The Director of Friends of the Earth Cymru is expected to promote the focus on renewable energy over the use of fracking.

To protect Wales from climate catastrophe we must impose a moratorium on unconventional gas extraction, as has already happened elsewhere in Europe. And we should move as swiftly as possible to a Wales powered by 100% renewable energy, providing tens of thousands of jobs in the booming green economy.

– Gareth Clubb, Director of Friends of the Earth Cymru
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