Friday, 20 January 2012


I had hoped that the enthusiasm for converting coal under Swansea Bay in to gas had faded but the process is back in the news ( The proponents are now trying to sell the idea as a 'greenish' form of energy production (along with wind power etc). As far as I understand it, however, the process has some similarities to the 'fracking' of shales to 'liberate' contained oil (with attendant risks of environmental contamination and even the generation of minor earthquakes). Even if potential problems can be mitigated, it does seem ill-advised to drill in an area frequented by porpoises, dolphins and migratory seabirds.

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