A new North-South “We Deserve Better” campaign was launched this week with the aim of stopping on-shore oil/gas exploration drilling or fracking in Northern Ireland.
The campaign is directed at the Northern Ireland politicians and aims to get them to follow the example of Ministers Pat Rabbitte and Fergus O’Dowd in putting a stay on exploration while the joint North-South Government research into the environmental impacts of fracking is being carried out. The campaign initially asks all citizens, North and South, to email Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness (First Minister and Deputy First Minister) with a strong message.
Dr Carroll O’Dolan from Fermanagh Fracking Awareness Network (FFAN) stated, “Given that the research study is a north-south initiative and is actually publicised as being an all-Ireland study, it is completely unacceptable that the Northern Ireland Executive has not suspended the licencing process and halted the work programmes of all exploratory companies in line with the Dublin government. Unconventional Gas development is associated with a high risk of environmental contamination and has not been proven to be safe in the long term.”
“The situation is very serious, “ said Ballinaglera’s Dr Aedín McLoughlin of Good Energies Alliance Ireland (GEAI). “We in the South have successfully lobbied for an effective moratorium on exploration for two years.
“However, the Northern authorities have not followed suit and Tamboran have publicly stated their plans for starting drilling 10km from the border in Fermanagh this year. What is the point in stopping exploration in Leitrim if it is to go ahead in Fermanagh, part of the same shale area? Water knows no borders! And why should the people of Northern Ireland not be given the same protection as people in the South?”
More details on goodenergiesalliance.com and frackaware.com.”