Michael Colreavy calls for all-Ireland fracking ban
Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has given a cautious welcome to the move by Minister Arlene Foster in the Stormont Assembly not to extend the licence to Tamboran to carry out fracking in Fermanagh.
Speaking on the issue, Deputy Colreavy said;
“The decision not to extend Tamboran’s licence removes an immediate threat from the people of Belcoo and surrounding areas.
“This is a victory for those who have campaigned against this dangerous practice.
“This decision would not have been made without the vigilance of the anti-fracking groups and the people of the community.
“The use of fracking to extract shale gas in not only an unconventional method of exploration, it is also one that is potentially highly dangerous.
“The area of the Lough Allen Basin where fracking has been proposed is an area of natural beauty, and also a region that relies heavily on its agriculture and tourism industries.
“The use of fracking could have had serious consequences for the area of the Lough Allen Basin.
“However, the risk of fracking in Ireland has not gone away.
“People throughout the island of Ireland still face the prospect of fracking for shale gas in their communities.
“There are clearly lessons for Minister Alex White and the Irish government.
“Companies such as Tamboran are not friends of the Irish people.
“They should never have been invited to engage harmful drilling practices.
“The authorities in both the 6 and 26 counties should now ban the use of fracking and instead invest in green, sustainable energy.”