EU must withdraw Halliburton fracking grant - Lynn Boylan MEP
Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has expressed outrage at the news that the European Commission will be granting funds to fracking companies to research environmental impacts of the process.
"Following an information request I made to the European Commission regarding grants given to companies in relation to research on the impacts of fracking, it has now been revealed that one of the industry partners to receive EU funds for research is Halliburton.
"Perhaps better known for its involvement in obtaining oil contracts from the US government during the Iraq war or its involvement in the Deepwater Horizon explosion, it is also one of the world’s largest manufacturers of the chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing process.
"Indeed, Halliburton’s lobbying influence on fracking regulation in the US was so great that the exemption in legislation which allowed fracking companies to not disclose the chemicals they use to frack is known as the ‘Halliburton loophole’. And this is a company the Commission chooses as a partner.
"That the Commission is willing to give Halliburton research grants, paid for by the EU taxpayer, shows a wilful disregard for independent research into the very real environmental impacts which fracking can cause. I will be writing to the Commission with my colleague Martina Anderson to ask why this company was chosen in spite of the clear conflict of interest."