UK fracking decision is “worrying”

The decision by the English Government to proceed with fracking despite its links to a mini earthquake in Blackpool is a “very worrying development” for those against the process here in Leitrim.

The decision by the English Government to proceed with fracking despite its links to a mini earthquake in Blackpool is a “very worrying development” for those against the process here in Leitrim.

Ballinaglera’s Dr Aedin McLoughlin, Director of Good Energies Alliance Ireland said “It is extraordinary that a recommendation be made to continue fracking in Preece Hall, when clearly what is happening is a huge experiment with people and the environment at risk.

“In a breath-taking example of closing the stable door after the horse has bolted, best practice is identified in the article, after shale gas exploration and hydraulic fracturing has started!”

She also said, “Earthquakes are only one of the issues associated with fracking. Fracking involves many stages which have the potential to damage the environment, including ground and surface water contamination, air pollution, excessive land use and land contamination.

“Are we going to see other disasters in Britain and Northern Ireland brought about because UK policy supports fracking in spite of lack of adequate studies being done of the social and environmental effects of this industry and lack of adequate regulation?”

Northern Ireland Minister for Environment, Alex Attwood has said that the UK report endorsing fracking “does not mean it will go ahead in Co Fermanagh.”

He said, “I will consider this latest report, noting that its content is limited to the issue of earth tremors and does not address other issues and concerns around fracking.” He said he will continue to work with the Irish Government on the issue.