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Sinn Féin MLA rubbishes latest fracking report

10 April, 2013 - by Phil Flanagan

Sinn Féin Phil Flanagan MLA said the latest study published in the Journal of Marine and Petroleum Geology, which claims that fracking is ‘not a significant cause of earthquakes that can be felt on the surface’ is irrelevant.

The Fermanagh/South Tyrone MLA who is Deputy Chair of the Assembly’s Enterprise, Trade & Investment Committee and the party’s energy spokesperson said:

“This report is the latest in a long list of narrow pieces of work carried out into fracking which completely fails to do is look at the wider issues raised by those opposed to it.

“It ignores concerns of widespread environmental damage, the impact on public health, the potential for water contamination all through causing earthquakes under the surface.

“Whether fracking causes earthquakes that can be felt on the surface is largely irrelevant. What is much more important is its potential to leak harmful into our water supply.

“Without addressing all of the concerns that those of us opposed to fracking have, this report will play very little part in the debate that needs to happen on whether we allow fracking to take place in Ireland or not.”

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