Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Michael Colreavy TD has welcomed the launch of a public consultation by the EPA on the proposed terms of reference to address the environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing “fracking”.
Speaking on the issue Deputy Colreavy said:
“Any report carried out by the EPA into the impact that fracking could have on the environment must address the concerns of local residents. I welcome the public consultation which will allow the residents of the Lough Allen Basin voice their concerns about the impact that fracking could have on their homes and community.
“International evidence has shown that fracking is a dangerous method of extracting shale gas. The use of fracking has been linked to small earthquakes in Britain. The Irish government must consider the serious risk that fracking poses before making a decision on awarding an exploratory licence. It is imperative that they gather as much information as possible about the practice of fracking.
“The Lough Allen Basin is an area of natural beauty and is also a hive of agricultural activity and tourism. Any attempts to introduce fracking into the area could seriously damage not only the safety, but also the livelihoods of those living in the area.
“Sinn Féin has continuously called for a ban on fracking in Ireland and will make its opinions known as part of the public consultation.”