GP Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Australian-owned mining giant Dart Energy (Europe), is based in Stirling, Scotland. They want to drill a test hole in land 400m west of Commonwood Farm, off the Holt Road behind Wrecsam Golf Club. It's two miles from the town centre and a couple of miles from the Dee River at Holt.
It wants to bore to test for mineral exploration in the north-east Wales coalfield. In its submission it explains that the aim is to explore whether exploitation of coal bed methane (CBM) is commercially possible.
Dart Energy (Europe) has interests in Poland, UK, Germany and Belgium. It owns the licence to exploit PEDL187, a 80 sq mile block of land that covers Wrecsam.
The planning application confirms no local consultation has taken place.
Coal Bed Methane extraction has many consequences - here are some of the impacts:
Fracking is banned in several European countries because of the dangers.
Still not sure about fracking? Here's a report by the US Environmental Protection Agency into drinking contamination caused by fracking in Wyoming:
EPA’s analysis of samples taken from the Agency’s deep monitoring wells in the aquifer indicates detection of synthetic chemicals, like glycols and alcohols consistent with gas production and hydraulic fracturing fluids, benzene concentrations well above Safe Drinking Water Act standards and high methane levels. Given the area’s complex geology and the proximity of drinking water wells to ground water contamination, EPA is concerned about the movement of contaminants within the aquifer and the safety of drinking water wells over time.Local anti-fracking activists will be gearing up to oppose this dirty and dangerous process. They are linking up with fellow activists in the southern Welsh coalfield, Scotland and England. Watch this space!