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Academic field studies must not assist fracking – Colreavy

31 July, 2015 - by Michael Colreavy TD

Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has said that the recent unannounced field studies carried out by DIAS (Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies) has caused serious concern among landowners in the Leitrim, Cavan and Fermanagh areas.

Speaking on the issue, Deputy Colreavy said:

“People are naturally concerned that these studies form part of analysing the suitability of the area for fracking.

“It is little wonder that local landowners and residents, who understand the threat posed by fracking, have serious concerns when scientists arrive unannounced to test the subsurface of lands in this area.

“The concerns have increased since the apparent objectives of this study appear to be changing from carbon storage testing to testing equipment associated with fracking.

“There is no doubt that fracking companies and their champions will use every piece of geological data to override the concerns of local people so that they can commence drilling with little regard to the environmental, health or economic damage their activities would cause.

“We could also witness government agencies on both sides of the border data to fracking companies which would enable those companies to take legal action against government in both jurisdictions because they can quantify the amount of gas available in the area.

“DIAS denies that the study pertains to fracking.

“However, the work has been suspended and Phil Flanagan MLA and I intended to meet with the study team management shortly to attain answer to concerns of local community.”

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