Fracking in Wales could threaten far more jobs than it’s likely to create, new analysis of a recent UK government report has revealed, according to environment charity Friends of the Earth Cymru.
Study of the report has shown that, at its peak, a shale gas industry is likely to create just 240 jobs for the people of Wales, mostly in low-skilled, low-paying employment. Even this peak period of maximum employment will only last four years, after which employment will rapidly decline.
The UK and Welsh governments have also admitted there has been no assessment of the impact fracking could have on employment in other sectors, such as renewable energy, agriculture and tourism, despite concerns raised by unions and industry representatives. More than 100,000 people are currently employed in these sectors in Wales.
Director of Friends of the Earth Cymru, Gareth Clubb said:
“We’ve been told that fracking could be a massive boost to employment and bring much-needed jobs. But beneath the hype, the hard truth is that even a full expansion of the fracking industry would mean an employment peak of just four years, and only around 200 low-paying jobs for the people of Wales.”