Fracking method banned in France

Local anti-fracking campaigners say they are happy to see that the highest court in France uphold a ban on fracking in the country.

Local anti-fracking campaigners say they are happy to see that the highest court in France uphold a ban on fracking in the country.

Deputy Michael Colreavy recently told the Dail “the people of the west and north west will not be bribed or bullied into allowing fracking in the region in return for any gas pipeline.”

“The French Constitutional Council there said there were no legal problems with the ban introduced by parliament in 2011.

“That now means that unless politicians change policy, the controversial hydolric fracturing method is permanently banned.

“The EPA are drawing up a steering group for the terms of reference for a more in depth study into fracking to identify all possible environmental risks and ascertain if these risks are manageable - its potential publication date is 2014.

“The Government said no fracking will take place until the report has been released and discussed.”

Those who wish to register displeasure about the prospect of fracking in Leitrim or who wants to find out more information are asked to visit the Market Yard, Carrick at 1pm on Saturday, October 19.