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Colreavy slams inadequacy of interim fracking report

16 April, 2015 - by Michael Colreavy TD

Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Energy and Natural Resources has called for the EPA to appear before the Transport and Communications Committee following the publishing of their interim report on fracking.

Deputy Colreavy said:

“The interim report published by the EPA is an insult to the committee and to the Minister. There is little or no substantive information regarding the progress of their work investigating what is a very dangerous method of extracting gas.

“The interim report is simply bluffing off the minister, elected officials and members of the public as to what progress is really being made.

“Fracking is a potentially very dangerous procedure that could destroy the water supply, the agriculture and tourism industries in the Lough Allen Basin. Therefore, the EPA need to be thorough and detailed in their investigation.

“I am making a request that the EPA come before the Transport and Communications Committee to give a proper and comprehensive account of the work that they have carried out so far, and of the work that they intend to do over the next number of months.

“Confidence in any final report produced by the EPA at the end of this process hinges on an open and transparent programme of work during the drafting of the report.” 

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