Land Within Foel Fynyddau Forest Near Pontrhydyfen (Wales)

Update 17th March 2015 – Planning permission has been granted for this site.

Local anti-fracking group, Afan-Nedd Against Fracking, are mobilising in the area and have already organised a series of large public meetings and protests outside the planning hearing. Recent news coverage suggests that the next battle is around the granting of permits by the Environment Agency. Read more…

On 20th January 2015, fracking company UK Methane applied for planning permission for a well which will target both the Coal and Shale formations at a site near Pontrhydyfen. An earlier application for the same development was rejected by Neath Port Talbot Council over noise level concerns.

This is a significant application in that it is the first ever well to target shale in Wales.

Pontrhydyfenfracking

Community demo at the Pontrhydyfen site in 2014

 

 

 

Planning Applications

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Licensee Planning ID Notes Submitted Decision Status Consultation
UK MethaneP2011/0039To carry out temporary exploratory borehole investigation for coal bed methane into Westphalian coal measures.19/01/201109/02/2011GrantedClosed
UK MethaneP2014/0217Temporary permission for the drilling of an exploratory borehole to test the Westphalian and Namurian strata for coal bed methane and shale gases.27/03/201417/04/2014RejectedClosed
UK MethaneP2015/0031Temporary permission for the drilling of an exploratory borehole to test the Westphalian and Namurian strata for coal bed methane and shale gases.14/01/201502/03/2015GrantedClosed

Environmental Permits

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Licensee Permit ID Notes Comments open Comments deadline Status Consultation
UK Methane???Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is inviting people to comment on an application for an environmental permit to safely manage waste from an exploratory oil and gas borehole in Neath Port Talbot. Planning permission to carry out exploratory drilling at Foel Fynyddau, Pontrhydyfen, was granted to UK Methane Limited by the local Planning Authority in March 2015. The proposed operation falls within land managed by NRW on behalf of Welsh Government. 10/09/201510/10/2015ApplicationClosed