Council calls for fracking ban

Leitrim’s County Councillors have backed a motion calling for the Government to put in place an immediate national ban on fracking.

Leitrim’s County Councillors have backed a motion calling for the Government to put in place an immediate national ban on fracking.

Cllr Gerry Dolan put forward the motion at Monday’s Council meeting. However backing was not unanimous with some calling a ban premature at this point, citing the fact that the EPA are yet to release their findings on this gas extraction method.

Cllr Gerry Reynolds said that he did not want to be associated with the motion. He said he understood the concerns and had concerns of his own, but stressed he did not have the expertise to allow him to make the call for an outright ban at this point.

His party colleague, Cllr Enda McGloin said he also had reservations with the motion because the EPA had yet to return their findings on fracking.

“Either we have confidence in the EPA to act in the best interests of our environment or we don’t and I do,” he told the meeting.

Acting County Manager, Martin Dolan, said the Council did not have the legal authority to ban fracking within Co Leitrim and observed that “I don’t expect any resolution from Leitrim County Council will have any influence on the (Government’s) final decision”, but accepted a call for a national ban could be made.