Group set up in Llanelli to fight "extreme energy"
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 in order to draw up plans to prevent a process of extracting gas from the area's coal seams know as underground coal gasification (UCG).
The meeting attracted more than 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 (the meeting)."
Extreme energy includes both fracking and underwater coal gasification — for which a licence has already been granted to Algy Cluff, of Cluff Natural Resources, to carry out in the Loughor Estuary.
Mr Cluff previously said the process — which would not begin for several years — would provide significant energy for the country. And supporters of UGC have reportedly denied there is a threat to the environment or any risk to local people.
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?"
Joanne Phillips, of Waunarlwydd, said: "I'm very concerned, it's shocking."