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Fracking fear for Bath hot springs.

CONCERNS were raised yesterday that a controversial process of extracting gas from underground could pose a threat to Bath's world famous hot springs.

Bath and North East Somerset Council fear proposals for test drilling in the Mendip Hills could lead to exploitation of shale gas resources through "fracking", a process of hydraulic fracturing of the shale using high pressure liquid to release the gas.

Councillors in Bath fear water courses which supply the springs could be contaminated or water could change direction through new fractures.

Gerwyn Williams, director of Bridgend-based UK Methane, one of the firms behind the attempt to explore for gas in the area, said the plans did not currently include fracking and the same "high level of consideration" had been put into the possible pollution of water in the Bath area as in any other part of the country.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 29, 2011
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