Overrun by drilling wells?
By Bath Chronicle | Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 15:34
Environmental campaigners have raised the spectre of up to 2,100 fracking wells being created across the former Somerset coalfields.
A series of public meetings have been held to raise awareness of what plans to carry out shale gas drilling could mean for local communities.
The meetings are part of a month of action called Frack-Free February organised in response to planning applications and other proposals for gas extraction.
UK Methane, which owns licences in north east Somerset, recently withdrew a planning application to test drill on land near Hicks Gate on the edge of Keynsham, saying it was likely to go straight to a full production application.
Edward Lloyd-Davies from Frack Off said information being given to investors from UK Methane's Australian parent company indicated the possibility of up to 2,100 drilling sites with extensive gas pipelines across the countryside, should permission be granted.
North East Somerset MP Jacob Rees-Mogg said he was 'cautiously in favour' of fracking but would be reserving his final judgement until a Government report is published, which he expects to reveal that there are significantly more shale gas reserves than had been previously thought.