• Three PEDLs in Wales Withdrawn; a further five have been extended

    by  • 03/07/2016

    Good News for Wrexham, Vale of Glamorgan and Rhondda Cynon Taf The latest review of Petroleum Exploration and Development Licences (PEDLs) by the Oil & Gas Authority has resulted in three licence areas in Wales being withdrawn; a further five have been given extended terms. The withdrawn licences are: PEDL 187 (IGas) – covering...

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    First Assembly Election Manifesto published

    by  • 05/04/2016

    The first party election manifesto for the Assembly Election in May has been published today by Plaid Cymru – Party of Wales. The manifesto has this to say about fracking: We will seek a complete ban on fracking and new open-cast coal mines. (page 127) A Plaid Cymru Government will prevent hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’)...

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    ‘Energise Wales’ Camp Set Up

    by  • 26/03/2016

    Environmental campaigners have set up camp alongside the A48 near Llantrithyd in the Vale of Glamorgan under the banner of ‘Energise Wales – Don’t Frack’, with the twin aims of promoting an early transition to renewable energy in Wales and raising awareness of the risks of Unconventional Gas Development in the area. Unconventional Gas...

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    Welsh Government extends “moratorium” to include Underground Coal Gasification

    by  • 25/03/2016

    Natural Resources Minister Carl Sargeant has announced that the Welsh Government’s precautionary approach to the development of unconventional oil and gas resources in Wales will be extended to Underground Coal Gasification (UCG). The Minister has issued a Notification Direction which will ensure that applications for development connected to the gasification of coal will need...

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    Swansea Council Takes Another Step Towards Banning Fracking

    by  • 10/03/2016

    Following on from the anti-fracking motion passed at the end of January, Swansea Council have today agreed to incorporate their opposition to Unconventional Gas Development into local policy. The Council unanimously approved the inclusion of the following statement into the ‘Development of Mineral Resources’ policy section of their Deposit Local Development Plan: “The Council...

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    NEWS FLASH – Coastal Oil & Gas to Appeal Llanharan Decision

    by  • 09/03/2016

    Coastal Oil & Gas has lodged an appeal against Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s decision to refuse permission for an exploratory borehole at Hendre Owen Farm, Llanharan. They have requested a Planning Inquiry and we are awaiting further details from the Council. There will be a public meeting to discuss the appeal on Wednesday 23...

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    Frack Free Wales needs support

    by  • 09/03/2016

    Frack Free Wales needs support to prepare for our presence at a number of camps and events coming up over the next few months. We URGENTLY need: 30 to 40 metres of worktop or similar. Kitchen base units (with or without doors). Kitchen wall units (again doors don’t matter). Metal filing cabinets or cupboards...

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    South Wales Site Visits – 30 January 2016

    by  • 31/01/2016

    To mark ‘No Fracking Way UK 2016’, supporters of Frack Free Wales visited all the live sites in South Wales to check on progress. Three of the sites have had their land access agreement withdrawn, so will probably not be drilled.  One site (Llanharan) was refused Planning Permission; we await an appeal. Of the...

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    Swansea Council takes first step to banning fracking in Swansea

    by  • 29/01/2016

    On Thursday evening (28th Jan), Swansea Council passed a Motion to begin the process of banning unconventional gas development in Swansea. “Council is minded to adopt a policy which would contain a presumption that as a matter of planning policy it would not support applications for the unconventional exploration or extraction of gas, including...

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    NEWS FLASH – Swansea Council Motion on Unconventional Gas Development

    by  • 24/01/2016

    On Thursday next (28th January) Swansea Council will consider a Motion to initiate a review of their current planning policy relating to unconventional oil and gas extraction, and stating their aim “to work towards becoming fossil free by 2025”. Keith Ross of Frack Free Wales will address the full Council prior to debate on...

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    ACTION ALERT – NRW issue Environmental Permit for Pontrhydyfen Site

    by  • 20/01/2016

    http://naturalresources.wales/about-us/news-and-events/news-releases/environmental-permit-issued-to-uk-methane-limited/?lang=en Despite huge opposition from local people and some very detailed and compelling arguments submitted by, among others, Afan Valley Angling Club, Natural Resources Wales has seen fit to issue an Environmental Permit to UK Methane for the site at Foel Fynyddau Forest, Pontrhydyfen. UK Methane now only need approval from the Health &...

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    Physicians for Social Responsibility publish the 3rd Edition of their Compendium

    by  • 16/10/2015

    Compendium of Scientific, Medical and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking (Unconventional Gas and Oil Extraction)(3rd Edition); Physicians for Social Responsibility; October 2015 Conclusion: All together, findings to date from scientific, medical, and journalistic investigations combine to demonstrate that fracking poses significant threats to air, water, health, public safety, climate stability, seismic...

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    Press Release – Petition Handover

    by  • 21/09/2015

    20 September 2015 Handover of Petition to the Welsh Government Anti-fracking campaigners from across Wales will gather on the steps of The Senedd in Cardiff Bay on Tuesday (22nd) to witness the handover of a new petition calling on the Welsh Government to extend the current moratorium on fracking to include test drilling and...

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    News Flash: Coastal Oil & Gas awarded further Environmental Permit

    by  • 04/09/2015

    The BBC is reporting that “Natural Resources Wales approved the plan by Coastal Oil and Gas Limited to drill in a field at St Nicholas.” (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-34157697). This relates to the site at Five Mile Lane, Dyffryn: Coastal Oil & Gas applied for an Environmental Permit for this site in April. Confirmation of the the...

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