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Colreavy calls for all-Ireland fracking ban

23 October, 2014 - by Michael Colreavy TD

Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has called for fracking to be banned throughout the island of Ireland.

Speaking in the Dáil, Deputy Colreavy said:

“The recent decision in the six counties not to extend the licence for the exploration company Tamboran Resources is a positive step.

“Tamboran has proposed to use fracking in the region of the Lough Allen Basin, an area which covers Leitrim and Fermanagh.

“I today called on the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources to introduce a ban on the use of fracking in the 26 counties.

“Fracking is an unsafe means of extracting shale gas that could potentially have a serious impact on people’s health, the environment and the agricultural industry.

“The government should now stop fracking in its infancy rather than allowing companies to proceed to the next step of the licencing process.

“This makes sense not only for the environment, but also for the economy.

“The government should be acutely aware that under the proposed new TTIP international trade agreement, it may become possible for multinational companies to sue states for banning products or activities, possibly including fracking.

“To pre-empt any such action taken against the state, the government should introduce a ban on fracking now to avoid contravening any future trade agreement.”

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