Gas extraction bid at Keynsham is put on hold

Published on: 08 Mar 2013

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Gas extraction bid at Keynsham is put on hold

A bid to extract gas on land near Keynsham has been put on hold until the end of the year, it has been reported.

UK Methane Ltd had originally submitted an application to carry out test drilling for coalbed methane at Hicks Gate but withdrew the scheme in December, announcing the firm would instead apply for full production.

But now the Bridgend-based company has told the BBC it won’t be submitting the new proposal until the end of the year, while it concentrates efforts on a planning application in South Wales.

The original proposal for test drilling in Keynsham attracted more than 600 objections.

UK Methane Ltd director Gerwyn Williams told the BBC: “There is opposition everywhere, that is something we have to address and work in a totally transparent manner and bring people along with us and make them realise what the advantages of this are.” Frack Free Somerset demo

Meanwhile members of the Frack Free Somerset group staged an event in Keynsham’s High Street on Saturday, February 9. The group set up a “drilling rig” and handed out around 400 leaflets to passers-by.

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