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MEP candidate Carthy expresses deep concern at reports that European Commission to back fracking

15 January, 2014 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Sinn Féin EU candidate for the Midlands North West constituency, Matt Carthy, has expressed serious concern at reports from the Bloomberg News agency that the EU commission is to back the controversial practice of fracking.
Matt Carthy said: 

“It has emerged through the Bloomberg News Agency that the EU Commission is to recommend allowing companies to use the controversial hydraulic fracturing technique. This is clear evidence of the democratic deficit at the heart of the EU and of the impact of lobbying by powerful energy companies.  

“Communities are totally opposed to fracking as evidenced by the vote in favour of a ban on fracking in Leitrim County Council. 

“People have real concerns about the impact of fracking on health, the environment and farming.  But once again it appears that the EU Commission is listening to corporate interests rather than to citizens and communities. 

“It is wrong that lobbyists have more power than the people these European institutions claim to represent. 

“Lobbying by powerful groups such as these energy companies is something that I am extremely concerned about and that I plan to tackle if elected to the European parliament next May. 

“There are far too many yes men and women in Europe who refuse to stand up to the European commission on these matters. I commend Leitrim County Council members for the position they adopted and I will continue to work with my party colleagues for a ban on fracking in Ireland.”

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