(Letter to the South Wales Evening Post)
The letter from Dave Lees (Have Your Say, Monday 30 April) is typical of those who advocate the exploitation of shale gas, focussing solely on the economic argument and telling us nothing about the wider environmental and social consequences of shale gas extraction.
Nor does Mr Lees mention the impact of a new dash for gas on the future of renewable energy or on action to combat climate change.
Growing evidence from the US suggests that there is serious cause for concern around water and air pollution caused by fracking.
Legitimate questions are now being raised by communities in the UK around the effects on the local environment and on water resources, which are already stretched to capacity in many places.
This is why greens are calling for a moratorium on both onshore and offshore exploration of shale gas until the impacts can be more fully understood.
With the real possibility of shale gas extraction in the Mawr area, this is a matter of great concern for the people of Swansea and the arguments of John Childs and others should not be glibly dismissed.