Fracking report to go before planners

First published in News

A BRIEFING note about the controversial practice of onshore shale gas exploration, known as "fracking" will go before Monmouthshire planners at their meeting in Usk on Tuesday.

A letter by Jane Coppock, development plans manager for the authority, explains that the draft briefing note outlines the process of hydraulic fracturing, the phases of extraction and the key regulators involved in the extraction and development process.

It includes the key conclusions and recommendations of a June report of the Welsh Affairs Select Committee, which is headed by David Davies MP for Monmouth.

The Select Committee concluded that shale gas "offers a wealth of potential benefits" for Wales, in terms of energy supply, economic benefits and employment.

There is no specific Wales planning policy guidance regarding onshore shale gas exploration, the letter explains, but in July 2014 the Welsh Government issued a clarification outlining the national guidance relating to minerals development.

"As minerals planning authority, Monmouthshire County Council would be responsible for the determination of any necessary planning applications in accordance with (national guidance) and the adopted Monmouthshire Local Development Plan," says the letter.

"In Wales, shale gas development is at an early exploratory stage. There are a number of (relevant) licenses in South Wales, including a licence to Sonorex Oil and Gas covering parts of Newport and a small part of south west Monmouthshire in the 13th licensing round."

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11:06am Thu 31 Jul 14

@nofracking anywhere@ says...

This whole process is crazy and complete self suicide of this beautiful country i encourage everyone to look up the dangers of fracking in America , pennsylvania as a starting point and to the devastation it has caused and left behind, Australia too have had such real horror situations too, lives, land, water and livestock devastated and destroyed, so please look up that aswell. scientists and professionals from both countries are know picking up the research that should have been done properly before this poisonous and toxic process, its all out there plain to see the evidence is clear, i cant not believe that this government wants this for us , the land ,and our future generations to inherit.... say no support your communities and councilors arm your self with the facts. Sussex councilors and one more in England have said no to the planning stages, i do so hope this is the case for wales, please send your mps and councillors as much research as you can find, as most still don't know the dangers.. wales has many mines that are already dangerous and with this added on top i fear for you all.. solidarity to you all, i hope they listen for the safety of their people and themselves ..
This whole process is crazy and complete self suicide of this beautiful country i encourage everyone to look up the dangers of fracking in America , pennsylvania as a starting point and to the devastation it has caused and left behind, Australia too have had such real horror situations too, lives, land, water and livestock devastated and destroyed, so please look up that aswell. scientists and professionals from both countries are know picking up the research that should have been done properly before this poisonous and toxic process, its all out there plain to see the evidence is clear, i cant not believe that this government wants this for us , the land ,and our future generations to inherit.... say no support your communities and councilors arm your self with the facts. Sussex councilors and one more in England have said no to the planning stages, i do so hope this is the case for wales, please send your mps and councillors as much research as you can find, as most still don't know the dangers.. wales has many mines that are already dangerous and with this added on top i fear for you all.. solidarity to you all, i hope they listen for the safety of their people and themselves .. @nofracking anywhere@
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