In a brief statement issued in the immediate aftermath of a large gathering of anti-fracking protesters in Leitrim on Saturday, September 22 the Greens appealed to politicians on both sides of the border to fully inform themselves on the negative impact Hydraulic Fracturing will have on the whole country.
Miriam Hennessy, Green Party spokesperson on the fracking issue, said that the industry is a dirty industry with a history of causing environmental damage wherever it operates.
“Not only does Ireland not have the regulatory framework to deal specifically with this industry, its history of enforcement of existing environmental regulations is very poor,” Ms Hennessy said.
The Green Party believes the issue of shale gas extraction and fracking is a national one.
According to a local Green Party activist, Johnny Gogan from Dromahair, fracking will have “potentially devastating impacts on water systems and supplies, air quality, human and animal health and climate change, and could affect the whole country not just the areas targeted by the industry.”
The Green Party believes that the jobs that are promised by the industry will materialise as low-level, temporary ones, with specialised teams brought in from abroad for drilling and fracking.
The statement ended with the claim that the future of agribusiness in the region is under real threat from hydraulic fracturing on the scale envisaged.
“Any contamination of foodstuffs, animals, animal feeds or products could be disastrous for our agribusiness which combined with our tourism industry, is now worth over approximately 13 billion annually,” Johnny Gogan said.