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Flanagan welcomes consultation on gas network expansion‏

27 June, 2011 - by Phil Flanagan

Sinn Féin MLA for Fermanagh & South Tyrone Phil Flanagan has welcomed the launch of a public consultation in the potential for extending the natural gas network across other parts of the north, including the towns of Dungannon, Cookstown, Magherafelt, Strabane, Omagh and Enniskillen.


Mr Flanagan said:


“As Sinn Féin’s Energy Spokesperson and as an MLA for Fermanagh & South Tyrone, I would warmly welcome this public consultation on the potential expansion of the natural gas network.


“For too long, people in the west have been over-reliant on other forms of energy to heat their homes; the cost of home heating oil has soared in recent times and people are no longer able to afford it, this has been made all the worse by a lack of viable competition in many areas.


“This has been further compounded by a falling availability of turf in many areas as well as many people, particularly, elderly people, unable to handle bulky bags of coal.


“Any expansion to the gas network can only help alleviate much of these problems and play a small part in tackling the problem of fuel poverty.


“I would urge members of the public to respond to this consultation and make their feelings known.


"This expansion will only happen if there is a willingness from the public at large to connect to a natural gas supply.”

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