McKay tables anti-Fracking motion in Assembly
North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has called on the Environment and Enterprise Ministers to ensure that all fracking related applications are rejected, including the present application to drill at Ballinlea on the north coast. He was speaking after submitting a motion on the matter to the Assembly.
Daithí McKay said
"The present application for a mini-frack in North Antrim by Rathlin Energy must be rejected. It is not in the best interests of the environment and represents a clear threat to our tourism industry on the north coast.
"Sinn Féin is consistent on the issue of fracking. We do not want to see it in any form, no fracks and no mini-fracks. Other parties need to be consistent too.
"Our energy needs can be met by realising our potential to develop renewables. We should not put at risk the tourist attraction that is the north coast by supporting drilling operations that involve high levels of risk to our environment and our water supply.
“I am therefore calling on both the Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan and Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster to ensure that this application is rejected." Críoch/END
Fracking in County Antrim Motion to the Assembly
That this Assembly notes with concern the application by Rathlin Energy to drill at Ballinlea, Co Antrim, further recognises the concerns of residents in County Antrim about fracking proposals at a number of sites, and calls on both the Minister of Environment and the Enterprise Minister to ensure that such applications are not approved given the impact that fracking will have on our water supply, tourism and our communities.