Love Leitrim Concerns

Many concerns were expressed regarding fracking issues at the Love Leitrim Group meeting that took recently place in Manorhamilton’s Bee Park Community Centre.

Many concerns were expressed regarding fracking issues at the Love Leitrim Group meeting that took recently place in Manorhamilton’s Bee Park Community Centre.

A matter of major worry for Love Leitrim is a recent meeting that took place in Pennsylvania between the Governor of Pennsylvania Tom Corbett and the Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Reporting on this meeting the “Philadelphia Inquirer” under a sub heading stated “Like Gov. Corbett likes to say: ‘It’s all about the jobs.’

“Lately it was green jobs. No, we’re not talking solar or wind companies. Corbett is looking for partnerships with Ireland.”

The two leaders laid the groundwork for an Irish trade mission to Pennsylvania in the Summer of 2013, Corbett spokesman Kevin Harley told Philly Deals. And they talked natural gas.

According to reports Kenny and Corbett discussed the fact both Ireland and Pennsylvania have shale gas resources.

Kenny said the Republic of Ireland is ‘keen to emulate Pennsylvania’s success in developing these resources,’ said Harley. And they shared their common Irish roots.

The Prime Minister invited the governor to visit Ireland in 2013 during The Gathering, a celebration of Irish culture and heritage that welcomes expatriate Irish and their descendants, Harley said.

Nobody from the government has come to talk to Love Leitrim about the plans for shale gas exploration that are currently under consideration. Love Leitrim demand that consultation on these plans should be on an All-Ireland basis.

The Environmental Protection Association who is investigating the applications for shale gas exploration licences do not have a health expert to assist them in this investigation.

This is another major concern for the Love Leitrim Environmental Group and particularly should shale gas extraction be allowed that could ruin what is a current way of life in the future in the Lough Allen Basin.