What is fracking?

Fracking is a technique used to release gas and oil from shale rock.

  • It involves drilling down before fracturing layers of rock using a pressurised liquid.
  • Water, sand and chemicals injected into the rock then allow gas to be released.
  • The process enables petroleum, natural gas and other substances to be extracted.

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Gas drilling campaign

Residents opposing plans by a south Wales firm to test drill for gas on a site near the village of Llantrithyd have today met with Jane Hutt, Assembly Member for the Vale of Glamorgan, as part of their campaign against the plans.