Stop Oil and Gas Survey off West Wales Coast

The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP. Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

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Plans to explore for oil and gas off the West Wales coast should be scrapped. Energy company, Eni UK Ltd, has applied to the UK government to carry out the geological survey, which involves firing loud shock waves out of a submerged gun, between 1st June and 30th September.

The survey area would impact on Special Areas of Conservation that are rich in wildlife and meant to be protected. They are internationally renowned for their populations of shellfish, seabirds, dolphins, porpoises and whales, all of which could be harmed by seismic activity. As if this threat was not bad enough, the company intends to begin surveying during the breeding period of certain cetaceans, leading to a significantly increased risk of injury or death to these protected species.

 In addition to ecological damage, the proposal would also inevitably disrupt fishing and tourism, which rely on a healthy marine environment and are important for local businesses and employment.

In view of the global climate and biodiversity emergencies that we face, allowing this to go ahead would be comparable to throwing petrol on a fire that is already going out of control.

To: The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP. Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
From: [Your Name]

We urge you to reject all applications to explore for oil and gas off the West Coast of Wales. In view of the global climate and biodiversity emergencies that we face, allowing this to go ahead would be comparable to throwing petrol on a fire that is already getting out of control.