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

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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.