Swansea Valley coal exploration plan thrown out
- 17 June 2014
- From the section South West Wales
Plans to drill for coal in the Swansea Valley have been thrown out because of concerns over it causing landslips.
Residents in Godre'r Graig, Panteg and Ystalyfera feared investigating a coal seam at Pen y Darren could destabilise the ground above the villages.
It follows a landslide in Ystalyfera after bad weather in December 2012, which brought thousands of tonnes of soil on to a road affecting 11 homes.
Neath Port Talbot councillors rejected the plans by Western Carbons.
Planning officers had recommended to refuse the application because the applicant had not submitted adequate information to demonstrate "robustly and beyond doubt" that the development would not cause further instability.