Government reject SF amendment to Ban Fracking – Reilly
This evening during the debate on the Petroleum (Exploration and Extraction) Safety (Amendment) Bill 2015 in the Seanad, Sinn Féin Senator Kathryn Reilly called on the government to accept a Sinn Féin amendment that: “A petroleum undertaking shall not use unconventional methods of gas exploration or extraction.” This was to ban the use of unconventional methods of gas exploration or extraction (Fracking) in Ireland. The amendment was voted down by government senators.
Senator Reilly stated:
“Unconventional gas exploration or extraction (Fracking) is a dangerous method of extracting shale gas from rock. Fracking is an unsafe means of extracting shale gas that could potentially have a serious impact on people’s health, the environment and the agricultural industry.
“Fracking is an unsafe means of extracting shale gas that could potentially have a serious impact on people’s health, the environment and the agricultural industry. It is no coincidence that everywhere that the practice has been introduced it has been dogged by controversy.
“The practice was only this week banned in the state of New York and there is absolutely no way it should be allowed to occur in Ireland.”
“The recent decision in the north of Ireland not to extend the licence for the exploration company Tamboran Resources was a positive step in stopping fracking on this island.
“Tamboran had proposed to use fracking in the region of the Lough Allen Basin, an area which covers Leitrim and Fermanagh, but would also affect West Cavan.
“The government should make it a priority to make sure that adequate legislation is introduced to stop fracking from occurring.
“I am calling on the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources to introduce a ban on the use of fracking. This amendment is a pre-emptive strike against the use of fracking in Ireland.
“The government should now stop fracking in its infancy and this amendment would do that. It would be a pre-emptive step to stop its use in petroleum extraction. It is particularly relevant considering the debates surrounding TTIP and the ISDS.
“Sinn Féin will continue to oppose fracking and to support communities who are opposed to this controversial process.”