Welsh council rejects Coastal's shale drilling plan
Committee cites pollution and noise concerns as it turns down application
Coastal’s application did not include plans to carry out hydraulic fracturing (fracking). Members of Bridgend council’s planning committee claimed that, despite no plans for fracking, there would still be a risk that shale drilling could pollute ground water and create unacceptable levels of noise. Coastal plans to appeal to the Welsh government against the decision. The company was not immediately available to comment.