Campaigners from Safe Haven are celebrating a "major breakthrough" after the petitions committee of the European Parliament has decided unanimously to keep two petitions concerning the safety of the LNG project open.

The petitioners travelled to Brussels for the second time last Wednesday to give further information to the committee on two petitions, one concerning the safety of the 150 mile long LNG pipeline and one regarding the actual terminals in Milford Haven.

Rodney Maile from Milford Haven and Gordon Main from Broad Haven were both invited to address the committee.

Mr Main said that a representative from European Commission, reporting back to the committee described the response from the UK government regarding the petitioners' concerns as "very general".

He said that the Commission strongly indicated that it would ask to see all of the assessments and studies that the Port Authority was relying on, However it gave no guarantees that all the assessments would be published.

"This is a major breakthrough," said Mr Main.

"Unlike all the authorities in the UK, the European Commission looks set to take the obvious step of asking to see the actual work undertaken. How refreshingly sensible.

"If only one of our local planning authorities, MP's or WAG or the UK national government, or the courts had thought of this we might all have been put in the picture years ago."

Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans met the petitioners in Brussels and commended them for the way they had stated their case.

"I'm obviously very pleased that the petitions committee decided to keep the petitions open and have requested further information to help them establish if there are any breaches of EU law," she said.

"The petitions committee and European Commission take these cases very seriously, and obviously think there may be a case to answer."