Group meets to fight "extreme energy" in Loughor Estuary region
THE fight against “extreme energy” in the Loughor Estuary and surrounding areas has begun.
A group calling itself Frack-Off Llanelli met in the town’s Glenalla Civic Hall last night in order to draw up battle plans to prevent a process of extracting gas from the area’s coal seams know as underground coal gasification (UCG).
The meeting attracted over 100 people from Waunarlwydd to Laugharne in the west.
One of the group’s organisers, Paul Jennings, said: “The objective is to start a visible and vocal opposition to extreme energy in Llanelli and the surrounding region.
“If we carry on the way we are with carbon dioxide I’m fearful for the future of my grandchildren.
“This is an issue for Llanelli, the surrounding area, Wales and the whole world.”
To date the group has nearly 1,900 members on facebook, and support is growing.
Mr Jennings, who lives near Whitland, said: “Llanelli is not alone, I had a phone call from a lady I didn’t know in Scotland, wishing me luck for tonight.”
Fellow organiser, Keith Ross, of Brynmill, said: “We are concerned about all forms of unconventional gas, including underground coal gasification for environmental reasons which you can divide into local, that is the potential for pollution and damage to the local environment, and global, in these gasses are fossil fuels, they emit carbon dioxide, so how are we going to meet our carbon reduction targets if we just keep digging more gas out of the ground?
“Most people we speak to have no idea this is going on.”
Chris Bingo of Llanelli said: “It’s going to affect the whole Llanelli area with very probable pollution of the water table and pollution in the air. Everyone should be concerned about it.”
Joanne Phillips, of Waunarlwydd, said: “I’m very concerned, it’s shocking.”
Jim Dunckley of Gorseinon said: “I’m very worried about the potential impact on the Burry Inlet of the proposed coal gasification development.
“There are lots of plans for energy projects around the area which residents are very concerned about, not just in this area but across Wales and the UK.
“We want to know what we can do to fight these developments.
“There’s the worry of subsidence and potential impacts to do with the Burry Inlet being a special area of conservation.
“I don’t think the technology is very well understood and it’s a bit speculative at the moment. I think we need to know fully what the impact is and to debate the impacts as well. It’s a democratic issue.”