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Assembly Member expresses concern about fracking application near Maesteg

December 7, 2012 3:15 PM

The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has written to Bridgend County Borough Council to oppose plans to test drill for gas at the old St John's Colliery site.

The plans are believed to be a prelude to a full scale application to extract shale gas from the site using a controversial technique called fracking. This involves pumping water at pressure into fissures in the rock so as to force the gas to the surface.

Mr. Black said, "There have been a number of incidents in other areas where this "fracking" has been allowed to go ahead such as the earthquakes reported in Blackpool. I am concerned that as these old mine shafts are linked to others there could be a catastrophic effect should there be even a small tremor"

"That is why I have written to Bridgend Council to add my voice to many others opposing these proposals. I hope that the Council will see sense and refuse this application. I have also asked them to tell me whether they are carrying out an environmental impact assessment of any potential contamination of the ground water in the area."