Monday, 3 March 2014

Fracking plan under Wrecsam put on hold

Wrecsam's planning authority has tonight deferred plans to allow an Australian multinational firm to test underground seams beneath the town for methane gas.

 Councillors may have decided not to press ahead in light of the weight of public opinion and concerns that the drilling would disturb the Gresford colliery seams, where the bodies of 266 men and boys still lie after the 1934 mining disaster. There are other, broader environmental concerns about polluting the water table and nearby rivers both during the testing operation and the consequences of the testing leading to full-scale exploration for coal bed methane.

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