Councillors have voted to oppose fracking on the Somerset coast between Minehead and Burnham-on-Sea. Somerset West and Taunton Council backed a motion against fracking in its district, which includes part of the Exmoor National Park. The government granted three exploration licences to South Western Energy Limited in 2016 to explore for shale gas on the Somerset coast. One of them, PEDL344, is in the Somerset West and Taunton Council area. The council is not the mineral planning authority. Final decisions on any fracking applications would be taken by Somerset County Council or the Exmoor National Park Authority. But Somerset West and Taunton must be formally consulted on any proposal.
Drill or Drop 18th July 2019 read more »