“Don’t let Leitrim be the guinea pig” - Dr Aedin McLoughlin

Ballinaglera’s Dr Aedin McLoughlin is asking for Leitrim not to be used as a guinea pig for Tamboran Resources to get a foothold on Ireland Europe.

Ballinaglera’s Dr Aedin McLoughlin is asking for Leitrim not to be used as a guinea pig for Tamboran Resources to get a foothold on Ireland Europe.

Dr McLoughlin is one of the local spokespeople on the new North South Umbrella Anti Fracking Group Good Energies Alliance Ireland (GEAI) which was recently launched to take the local concerns about hydraulic fracturing to a national and international audience.

Dr McLoughlin told the paper that the new group GEAI will help bring the great work of local concerned people to a wider audience with a “calm and professional voice.” Not only is the group a cross border organisation, representing the entire island, but it is also linking up with similar groups voicing their concern in America, Canada, Australia and South Africa.

“There is a real movement starting internationally which is saying that fracking has to be stopped because of the devastation it is causing to the environment and to local communities,” she said.

Dr McLoughlin said Tamboran Resources want to get a foot hold in Ireland and are using Leitrim as “the experiment.”

She said they have “upped their campaign” so “we had to do the same.”

The anti fracking campaign has many political supporters but a lot more according to Dr McLoughlin are “sitting on the fence.” Ms McLoughlin said there is not a lot of faith locally in the regulators. She said although we are waiting on the EPA study into fracking she advised that no further steps in the licensing should be taken without the results of America’s EPA report.

The new GEAI hopes to be able to provide a counterbalance to the “inaccurate” claims of the oil and gas industry who are using such claims to gain a foothold on Irish soil.

For more information visit www.goodenergiesalliance.com