Land Within Foel Fynyddau Forest Near Pontrhydyfen (Wales)

Decision: 17 March 2015; Approved (Five Years)

Mining Waste Permit: 20 January 2016; Issued – View The Permit

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.

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 MethaneAB3092HYAn environmental permit has been issued for an exploratory oil and gas borehole in Pontrhydyfen.10/09/201520/01/2016GrantedClosed