“The strength of the SNP is enough to safeguard the interests of Scotland. Plaid Cymru must win more seats and much more influence at Westminster, if we are to secure the powers to control such unacceptable developments in Wales.”A Welsh Government spokesman said:
“If onshore oil and gas licensing powers are to be devolved to Scotland, there are no reasons why such powers should also not be devolved to Wales. The devolution of powers for the consenting of all energy projects and energy infrastructure, with the exception of nuclear power, would enable us to realise our ambition to put in place a single, streamlined and transparent process for Wales.”
“A number of fundamental safety and environmental concerns regarding fracking are yet to be addressed...
“Welsh Lib Dems are already calling for a number of energy planning responsibilities to be devolved to Wales. We are looking carefully at the proposal for fracking licensing as part of the Smith Commission to see if Wales should also have powers in this area.”
“A set of commitments agreed by the four main parties will be announced ahead of St David’s Day next year.”Which seems to be an indication that such powers are not included in these commitments
Back in 2012 I blogged about the toxic legacy of the Phurnacite plant at Abercwmboi in the Cynon Valley .
And remembered at the time I remember a local politician in the 80's saying
"Only when the Phurnacite becomes unprofitable will the claims about the pollution be heard "
And I wrote
It is an example of how Wales was exploited for its mineral wealth from the Slate Quarries , Coal , Steel etc. and we must make sure that we have full control of all ways our Nation run including the monitoring of Industry to ensure they are not harming Workers the local population and the environment,
Fracking clearly falls in to that criteria and we must examine the long term effects of this . But it must be made her in Wales not by some Tory from Surrey or other leafy English constituency.,
But it also means that local concerns must be addressed by the Assembly and they alone should not have full control.
I admit there's no guarantee that the the Government of an Independent Wales will ensure this but at least we the electorate will be responsible if we don't remove them.