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Carthy questions European Commission on Irish Fracking Report

2 December, 2015 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West, Matt Carthy, has submitted a written question to the European Commission in relation to the potential conflict of interest as a result of the involvement of a company with strong links to the fracking industry in the report commissioned by the Environmental Protection Agency on the environmental impacts assessment of Fracking.

Carthy said:

“The Environmental Protection Agency, a Government body, has commissioned a report into the environmental impact of Fracking in Ireland.

“This study has been commissioned to a group led by CDM smith, a US pro Fracking consultancy providing services to the oil and gas industry. CDM smith is the lead research partner in the study.

“The second major player is Amec Foster Wheeler, an oil and gas industry consultant whose clients include BP, Shell, BR Petrobas, GDF Suez and ExxonMobil.

“A number of weeks ago, after it emerged that Queen’s University was not involved in the study as previously indicated, I called on the Minister to suspend this study given that it is essentially a report written by industry for industry.

“This study has lost the confidence of the public and can no longer be described as an independent environmental impact assessment.

“I have submitted a written question to ascertain the view of the European Commission on this matter and I look forward to the response in due course.”

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