Noise fears scupper shale and methane gas drilling scheme in Pelenna Valley | South Wales Evening Post

APPLICATIONS to test drill for methane and shale gases are spreading across South Wales — but one proposed for the Pelenna Valley has been refused.

Yesterday, councillors at Neath Port Talbot’s planning committee were asked by officers to approve the plans for an exploratory borehole at land within the Foel Fynyddau Forest, near Pontrhydyfen.

The plan was to use the bore hole in a bid to test for any coal bed methane and shale gases in the area.

Residents had previously raised concerns that such an application could lead to a future application for hydraulic fracturing — or fracking.

via Noise fears scupper shale and methane gas drilling scheme in Pelenna Valley | South Wales Evening Post.