Energy issues seem to be making the headlines daily in Wales at the moment - nuclear power, offshore and onshore windfarms, tidal lagoons and now Fracking.
This post gives some of the background to hydraulic fracturing and why it's becoming an issue for Wales - or particularly the former coalfield areas of Wales. That was why local activists organised a public meeting to raise awareness about the matter and to discuss what could be done to prevent drilling in the area.
The meeting on Thursday, at Saith Seren in Wrecsam, heard Jill Evans MEP and Gareth Clubb, director of Friends of the Earth Cymru, give very useful information about the impact of fracking and why it's such a bad idea.
Multinational companies are keen to bleed the planet dry of natural resources regardless of the impact on communities and, from their perspective, making use of coal bed methane or shale gas is perfectly logical.
For Welsh communities that have seen coal being exploited by the wealthy over the past two centuries, only to leave us with slag heaps and dust diseases, it's important to understand that this could be a repeat performance if we don't resist.
It was great to hear from a wide range of people in the audience - not least the activists from Staffordshire who have direct experience of how gas leaks can occur in old capped mines. Luke Ashley, a former oil-rig worker from Wrecsam, spoke convincingly about the dangers too.
There is an imminent threat to the Flintshire and Wrecsam area posed by Dart Energy, an Australian multinational mining firm that has already applied to test drill in the Penley and Bowling Bank area. One was refused planning permission but the other was approved and has until June 2013 to start drilling. It is now evident that that test drilling could involve fracking to see whether gases can be released in commercial quantities underground. The technology used for these test bores can apparently reach as far as two miles from the bore site.
The mood of the meeting was to ensure that no drilling will take place in Wrecsam because planning authorities have not been told of the potential dangers posed by this "test". Dart Energy - you have been warned!