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South Wales under threat from new gas extraction licences

Communities across South Wales threatened by new wave of onshore gas extraction


Licenses have been sold from Cardiff to the Gower Peninsula to companies seeking to extract unconventional-gas. The licenses sold by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) permit companies to extract gas from coal seams inaccessible via conventional mining methods.


The License holders are proposing two main processes for extracting gas; Coal-bed Methane, which involves drilling down to, de-watering and often hydraulically fracturing the coal seam and Underground Coal Gasification, whereby coal seams are set-alight underground in an effort to produce and collect synthetic gas which can be burnt at the surface.

Both technologies have attracted controversy in the US and Australia where the industry has been associated with water contamination and environmental degradation.

Communities across South Wales are organising in response to the threat posed by these new technologies. Throughout July the Frack Free Wales coalition , in conjunction with Swansea-based campaign group Safe Energy Wales, will be holding a series of public meetings in threatened areas.


Lyn Blythe, campaigner with Frack Free Wales said,

'The scale of what is being proposed in South Wales is astounding. For coal-bed methane extraction to be viable, thousands of wells will need to be drilled. What is seems like a few innocuous exploration wells in the Bridgend and Swansea area is the beginning of a process that will completely industrialise the South Wales countryside.'


She continued,

'We are particularly concerned about underground coal gasification. The whole of Swansea Bay and the Loughor Estuary have been sold off. The Gower Peninsula is one of the most beautiful places in the world, communities treasure these bodies of water and are not going to sit back and let some gas company set fire to the coal under either.'


Public meeting dates:

Pontarddulais, NPT
Thursday 18th July 2013 7pm - 9pm
Pontarddulais Institute 
45 St Teilo Street 

Tuesday 23rd July 2013 7pm - 9pm
The Blandy Hall
High Street
CF32 0HP

Mountain Ash, RCT
Thursday 25th July 2013, 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Nixons Workmen's Institute
Oxford Street 
Mountain Ash
CF45 3HD

Loughor, SWANSEA
Monday 22nd July, 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Loughor Community Hall 
Woodlands Road 

Wednesday 24th July, 7.30pm - 9.30pm
 Glenalla Civic Hall
Glenalla Road
 SA15 1EE

Llanrhidian, SWANSEA
Friday 26th July, 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Village Hall
 SA3 1EH



Safe Energy Wales - positive action to raise awareness of the risks of Shale Gas and Coal Bed Methane (CBM), Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) and other forms of extreme energy extraction.

We are in favour of clean, safe energy solutions and object to the pollution and health damaging threats from unconventional gas developments. We want clean air, soil and water for human and non-human communities across Wales and beyond.

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