Council to debate stance on fracking
ST Clears Town Council is to consider its stance on fracking after a request from one concerned resident.
Sally Pfaff attended a drop-in session ahead of the full council meeting when she urged councillors to oppose fracking in Carmarthenshire.
Speaking during the meeting mayor Jane Rees said: "There was a request that an item be brought forward for discussion with us as a town council to decide where we go with this.
"We have a member of our public here this evening, Sally, who lives locally and has come to ask where we stand, where we can get involved or what is the community stance on fracking.
"We have heard a lot about fracking and what is this doing to our environment."
Fracking is the process of drilling down into the earth before a high-pressure water mixture is directed at the rock to release the gas inside.
Water, sand and chemicals are injected into the rock at high pressure which allows the gas to flow out to the head of the well.
The process is carried out vertically or, more commonly, by drilling horizontally to the rock layer.
There are plans for fracking in the Loughor Estuary, which Mrs Pfaff said told councillors she had concerns about.
Councillor Edmund Davies moved to put it to the Environment committee, which was seconded by councillor Graham Edwards.
Councillor Rees: "Because we may need some guidance on this, we have had some information given to us this evening from Sally and maybe we can involve her in the future when we discuss it fully as to how it effects our area."
Councillor Selwyn Runnett added: "I think perhaps if the chair of environment liaise with Sally we've got the relevant information.
"I think it is important it isn't just discussed by the this needs to come to full council. This is an important issue."
Councillors have agreed to put the matter to the environment committee so it can be looked into before being taken back to full council.