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Carthy and Anderson take part in Global Frackdown Day

7 October, 2014 - by Martina Anderson MEP, Matt Carthy MEP


Sinn Féin MEPs Matt Carthy and Martina Anderson took part in a day of global action against fracking outside the European Parliament in Brussels.

Speaking with a gathering of anti-fracking activists Carthy outlined Sinn Féins opposition to hydraulic fracturing.

"Fracking has become a major issue in Ireland. We have stood with communities in Fermanagh and Leitrim against fracking and we will continue to oppose it in Mayo and other areas that have been flagged as potential fracking sites.

"The risks of fracking for shale gas include contamination of ground water and exposing people and livestock to dangerous chemicals, as well the potential destruction of land for farming use and threats to biodiversity.

"Today we wish to reiterate our opposition to dangerous unconventional methods of fossil fuel extraction in Europe. We are calling for a ban on the use of fracking and instead investment in green sustainable energy.

Martina Anderson stated:

"I welcome the decision taken last week not to extend the license to Tamboran for the carrying out of fracking in Fermanagh.

"It is a testament to the willpower and resiliance of the people of Belcoo and goes to show the strength of communities standing together.

"Sinn Féin will continue to oppose this dangerous practice at home and in Europe."

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