Another nail in the coffin of the UK shale gas industry was delivered today after the Welsh Government announced it would introduce a moratorium on fracking.
Ministers at the Welsh Assembly confirmed it would support a Plaid Cymru motion to effectively ban drilling plans until the full health and environmental impacts are properly studied and understood.
The political move follows the Scottish Government’s decision last week to use its incoming powers of devolution to block proposals for fracking on its nation’s soil.
Following today’s announcement of the Welsh ban, one campaigner said the issue of shale gas was now becoming “increasingly politically toxic” and described Westminster’s pro-fracking Ministers as looking “isolated and out of touch”.
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