Carl Sargeant
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Fracking: 'No ambiguity' in Wales insists minister

Where does the Welsh government stand on allowing or banning fracking in Wales?

Fracking is a process of hydraulic fracturing of rocks deep underground to pipe gas to the surface.

There is no fracking for gas in Britain at the moment but it is a huge industry in the United States.

It is controversial though with concerns about the environment and underground water especially.

Natural Resources Minister Carl Sargeant was questioned about the moratorium by the assembly's environment committee on Wednesday.

Afterwards he told BBC Wales environment correspondent Iolo ap Dafydd that he was clear that councils could not determine fracking and that the Welsh government was opposed to fracking, even though the power to issue licences for it still rested in Westminster.

  • 05 Mar 2015
  • From the section Wales
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