‘Fracking would ruin countryside for no gain’ Wales Green leader

South Wales Argus: PEN LETTER: Pippa Bartolotti has urged First Minister Carwyn Jones to reject the possibility of fracking sites in South Wales PEN LETTER: Pippa Bartolotti has urged First Minister Carwyn Jones to reject the possibility of fracking sites in South Wales

WALES Green Party leader Pippa Bartolotti has urged First Minister Carwyn Jones to reject the possibility that any fracking sites might be set up in South Wales.

In an open letter published on the Green Party’s website, she said any acceptance of British Government money to support fracking would be “a bribe” taken in return for damaging the Welsh countryside.

She said much of the South Wales countryside could be ruined because of the locations of shale gas reserves “from south Monmouthshire to Swansea Bay.”

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is the process of drilling the ground and injecting fluid at a high pressure to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas contained inside.

Ms Bartolotti claimed there would be no savings for energy users in Wales if fracking got the go-ahead.

And she said any profits generated by the schemes would go to foreign multinationals like Total, the French energy firm, which might not even declare profits in the UK.

She said: “It will not augur well for the Wales Government to be seen taking bribes from a government consisting largely of the friends of multinationals, whether in banking, in retail, or in energy, and there’s a disturbing number of members of the Westminster government with close links to the fossil fuel industry, because that’s all fracking is – just another fossil fuel.”

She raised the plight of some towns in Texas in the United States which have been extensively fracked.

The prime minister, David Cameron, announced on Monday that as part of the government providing its support for fracking and “going all out for shale,” English local authorities that allow drilling will receive 100 per cent of the business rates collected.

Councils had been previously been able to keep 50 per cent of the rates.

Earlier on Monday, Total had announced plans to invest £30million to drill two new exploratory wells in Lincolnshire.

It is the first time a major energy firm has said it will invest in fracking in the UK.

Comments (6)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

9:42pm Wed 15 Jan 14

daveyates3 says...

Fracking,so good that France (Total's parent country) have banned it.We need Wales to take a lead and ban it as well,as the fracking process pollutes and exacerbates climate change.
Newport is well placed to take advantage of renewable energy,so why not do that and create more jobs and fight climate change at the same time?
Fracking,so good that France (Total's parent country) have banned it.We need Wales to take a lead and ban it as well,as the fracking process pollutes and exacerbates climate change. Newport is well placed to take advantage of renewable energy,so why not do that and create more jobs and fight climate change at the same time? daveyates3
  • Score: 1

10:03pm Wed 15 Jan 14

varteg1 says...

My boiler(gas) has just died, and had I not installed wood burning fires, we would now be sitting in a freezing cold environment.

Soon we will all be looking to internal sources for the means to heat our homes and places of work

Maybe this Plaid clot will inform us where we are to get the replenishment gas supplies that costs alone will deny us?

I have not the slightest doubt she, and her fellow 'anti everything of benefit to the individual' coterie will not be far off demanding we take out our wood burners, as we are polluting the air around us, just like they have over the decades, caused a drop in the demand for coal, to feed what were, at one time, almost universally used coal open fires.

They have hit on opencast, nuclear, now fracking, just where will they turn to next to sate their pathetic and absurd anti everything appetites?
My boiler(gas) has just died, and had I not installed wood burning fires, we would now be sitting in a freezing cold environment. Soon we will all be looking to internal sources for the means to heat our homes and places of work Maybe this Plaid clot will inform us where we are to get the replenishment gas supplies that costs alone will deny us? I have not the slightest doubt she, and her fellow 'anti everything of benefit to the individual' coterie will not be far off demanding we take out our wood burners, as we are polluting the air around us, just like they have over the decades, caused a drop in the demand for coal, to feed what were, at one time, almost universally used coal open fires. They have hit on opencast, nuclear, now fracking, just where will they turn to next to sate their pathetic and absurd anti everything appetites? varteg1
  • Score: -3

10:26pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Robert Shillabeer says...

Not a Plaid supporter but have some sympathy with this argument. Cracking is a new process and needs to be fully investigated before we start doing it wholesale. Let's not get to hung up on it before we really understand all the pros and cons.
Not a Plaid supporter but have some sympathy with this argument. Cracking is a new process and needs to be fully investigated before we start doing it wholesale. Let's not get to hung up on it before we really understand all the pros and cons. Robert Shillabeer
  • Score: 1

1:23pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

David Cameron's recent offer to pay money to any communities that will be affected by the planned fracking is almost an admission of guilt that it actually is a practice which is harmful to the health of individuals and the environment, isn't it? Will it be like 'oops sorry your kids have two heads, here's a fiver keep quiet about it, eh?' (nudge, nudge, wink, wink;)
David Cameron's recent offer to pay money to any communities that will be affected by the planned fracking is almost an admission of guilt that it actually is a practice which is harmful to the health of individuals and the environment, isn't it? Will it be like 'oops sorry your kids have two heads, here's a fiver keep quiet about it, eh?' (nudge, nudge, wink, wink;) Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 1

7:47pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Melvyn The Milk says...

As with mobile phone technology, this is scaremongering. It is hugely successful in America and has rendered them completely self-reliant on gas. The incidence of leaks is very negligible. If it contributes to the lowering of gas prices it gets my vote.
As with mobile phone technology, this is scaremongering. It is hugely successful in America and has rendered them completely self-reliant on gas. The incidence of leaks is very negligible. If it contributes to the lowering of gas prices it gets my vote. Melvyn The Milk
  • Score: 1

8:17pm Thu 16 Jan 14

joy1952 says...

Melvyn The Milk wrote:
As with mobile phone technology, this is scaremongering. It is hugely successful in America and has rendered them completely self-reliant on gas. The incidence of leaks is very negligible. If it contributes to the lowering of gas prices it gets my vote.
I suggest Melvyn you do some reserach on fracking in the USA Australia canada etc and the affects it has had on communities, livestock, and comtaminated water before you make the silly statement above.
[quote][p][bold]Melvyn The Milk[/bold] wrote: As with mobile phone technology, this is scaremongering. It is hugely successful in America and has rendered them completely self-reliant on gas. The incidence of leaks is very negligible. If it contributes to the lowering of gas prices it gets my vote.[/p][/quote]I suggest Melvyn you do some reserach on fracking in the USA Australia canada etc and the affects it has had on communities, livestock, and comtaminated water before you make the silly statement above. joy1952
  • Score: 1

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree