Plaid Cymru debate: 'no fracking until proven to be safe'


The Welsh government has indicated it will try to block fracking anywhere in Wales until its safety is proven.

Powers over the gas drilling technique lie at Westminster, but Welsh ministers have called for them to be devolved.

On 4 February 2015 they supported a Plaid Cymru motion calling for ministers to do all they can to block the extraction of shale gas.

Economy minister Edwina Hart told AMs the Welsh government has a "precautionary approach to shale gas in Wales."

A number of exploratory drilling applications have been approved in the Vale of Glamorgan and surrounding area.

The motion calls on the Welsh government to do everything in its power to prevent fracking until it is proven to be safe in both an environmental and public health context.

There are no definitive plans to devolve control of fracking to Wales but the result of talks among MPs on transferring further powers from Westminster is due to be published next month.

Last week, in First Minister's questions, Carwyn Jones said the granting of fracking licenses should be devolved "and then we should consider an effective moratorium on fracking".

The Scottish government has announced a block on planned fracking operations, pending further inquiries.

Full control over fracking is due to be devolved to Scotland after May's general election.

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