Fracking group's street protest
ANTI-FRACKING campaigners are taking to the streets of Swansea to protest against the process.
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a technique designed to recover gas and oil from shale rock.
An international day of action against fracking will take place on Saturday and campaigners from Swansea will be outside Oxfam on Union Street in the city centre from 10am until 2pm.
The local action has been organised by Safe Energy Wales, a Swansea-based group working to raise awareness of issues related to energy production.
Keith Ross of Safe Energy Wales said: "In Swansea we wanted to mark the international day by giving people leaflets to let them know about fracking in South Wales.
"We will also be inviting people to send a postcard to the leader of Swansea Council explaining why they want a 'frack free Wales'."
Mr Ross said the group are campaigning in order to raise awareness of fracking.
There are currently 150 members in the Swansea Safer Energy group and about 5,000 supporters in South Wales.
He said: "Anyone who wants to join us is welcome.
"The next step is to keep raising awareness through public meetings in the areas that may be affected.
"We want to inform the public and put pressure on politicians in order to change their minds about using fracking."
Safe Energy Wales is currently gathering signatures for a petition calling on the Government to impose an immediate halt on the extraction of gas from Wales's shale formations and coal seams until all the impacts and associated risks are fully understood and processes proven safe. Mr Ross said: "There are many disadvantages and downsides to fracking.
"Some of these include, increased carbon admissions, huge amounts of clean water permanently contaminated in the process. We want clean air, soil and water across Wales and beyond."