Anti-fracking amendment before EU Parliament

Sinn Féin Northern Ireland MEP Martina Anderson co-signed an anti-Fracking amendment last week which it is hoped will be accepted for discussion at the November plenary session in the EU Parliament.

Sinn Féin Northern Ireland MEP Martina Anderson co-signed an anti-Fracking amendment last week which it is hoped will be accepted for discussion at the November plenary session in the EU Parliament.

Martina Anderson said, “I was happy to co-sign this amendment along with other members of the GUE/NGL grouping in the European Parliament.

“The amendment, urges Member States not to authorise any new hydraulic fracturing operations in the EU.

“After researching the issue for months our group recognises that the risks, the negative climate, environmental and health impacts involved in Fracking are completely unacceptable.

“Research shows that companies and governments often overestimate shale gas deposits in order to support their actions. Recently, for instance, the Polish government had to admit that its shale gas deposits are actually just a minor fraction of its original estimates.

“Besides the fact that most Shale Gas deposits are still too difficult to exploit, the EU does not need Shale Gas as there is enough conventional gas available to back up renewable energies with gas power stations. Furthermore, as renewables such as wind and wave are developed, we will require less gas to produce electricity and heat.

“I am supporting this amendment because common sense and experience of exploitation of resources by oil and gas conglomerates shows that funding spent on Fracking will be diverted from any monies available for renewable energy development. I urge all of the anti-Fracking campaign groups to lobby their MEP to support this amendment to have the European Parliament focus on the environmentally friendly renewables and ban destructive exploration methods such as Fracking.”