Overrun by drilling wells?

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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.

      

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  • Profile image for fusion_wurzel

    Frackwit scaremongering shroudwaving again - ooh... spectres eh?

    "A series of public meetings have been held to raise awareness" ?

    And those wouldn't be eco-activist organised scare-a-thons perchance with no debate and much doom and emoting - complete with free DVDs of "GasLand" ?

    By fusion_wurzel at 22:06 on 25/02/13

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  • Profile image for fusion_wurzel

    Frackwit scaremongering shroudwaving again - ooh... spectres eh?

    "A series of public meetings have been held to raise awareness" ?

    And those wouldn't be eco-activist organised scare-a-thons perchance with no debate and much doom and emoting - complete with free DVDs of "GasLand" ?

    By fusion_wurzel at 22:05 on 25/02/13

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    to clarify: Coal beds are also thousands of feet nearer any aquifers, than are shale beds.

    By Yetypu at 13:41 on 14/02/13

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    The term "fracking" is now so devalued as to be almost completely useless, other than as a perjorative calculated to arouse alarm & opposition. There is a tremendous difference between the development of coal bed methane or shale gas, due to their relative shallowness or great depth.

    UK Methane are being ingenuous in not specifying which they seek, as the number of exploitation wells would differ greatly, being far more frequent for coal bed methane. Coal bed methane wells are also thousands of feet nearer any aquifers.

    By Yetypu at 13:38 on 14/02/13

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