FRACKING could spell disaster for a town riddled with disused coal mines, a councillor has warned.
Buckley councillor Ron Hampson says he would fight efforts by companies to launch oil and gas exploration digs in the area.
Areas of Flintshire bordering England have emerged as a prime location for drilling applications on recent data maps with areas of neighbouring Wrexham already being targeted by Dart Energy, which has applied to test and drill for underground gas.
But Cllr Hampson believes a similar approach in Buckley would cause more concerns in an area which has already seen houses demolished due to subsidence in recent years.
While the Welsh Government is still to confirm its own fracking stance, Cllr Hampson says the town’s residents deserve some peace following Buckley’s rich industrial past.
“Fracking would be disastrous in Buckley, to my mind,” he said.
“There are a lot of mines in the area and I would be totally opposed to fracking by any company wanting to look for gas.”
He added: “One house in Melbourne Road had to be torn down a few years ago because of subsidence, so we would fight this all the way.
“Buckley has had enough upheaval after all the industry, the mines and brickworks that have been here in the past.
“Clay holes have been filled and we have had landfill sites here for 30 years so I am sure people living here just want to enjoy some quiet time for once.”
Fracking is the term given to a method of extracting underground shale gas.
Water can be mixed with sand as well as a chemical solution before being injected at high pressure into a wellbore in order to create small fractures and extract shale gas.
Edward Bellis, who lives on Moel View Road, has written to the council to express concerns about his own property which lies above some of the town’s old mines.
“I have no wish to consider the possibility that disturbance of these old workings lying beneath our properties may result in subsidence issues.”
A Flintshire Council spokesman said no fracking applications were being considered in the area.