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Welsh government backs fracking opposition

The Welsh government has backed calls to prevent fracking in Wales until its safety is proved on environmental and public health grounds.

Welsh ministers have also called for powers controlling the extraction of shale gas to be devolved from Westminster.

A motion tabled in the Welsh Parliament by Plaid Cymru called for powers over licensing to be devolved to the National Assemby for Wales.

A number of exploratory drilling applications have already been approved in the Vale of Glamorgan and surrounding area.

Speaking to BBC Wales, Vale of Glamorgan MP Alun Cairns said Welsh ministers were being “disingenuous” over fracking.

He claimed an application for exploratory drilling in his constituency was rejected by the local council, but the decision was overturned due to Welsh government planning guidance.

Welsh economy minister Edwina Hart has turned down calls for government planning advice to be updated.

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