Apply for a Frack Free Leitrim
Love Leitrim are encouraging the people of Leitrim and Ireland to ask the Government to safeguard the future of this area.
At the moment the decision currently lies with the Government whether to allow hydraulic fracturing in Ireland.
Love Leitrim points out that the Government “are not considering public health in their decision making process and do not have public health expertise on the steering group guiding current research.”
“On February 28, gas companies have to get their applications in for an exploration licence. If these companies are granted an exploration license, many commentators have advised that this could pave the way for the introduction of hydraulic fracturing into Ireland, as the nature of the licensing terms are difficult to get out of.”
To coincide with this Love Leitrim are asking people to send their own applications for a license not to frack Leitrim! Applications for a frack free future will be rolled out and the public are asked to post them to Minister of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte before the end of February.
Love Leitrim are encouraging people to get the application form at their local shop, sign it and send it on.
The application for a Frack Free Leitrim is the brainchild of local tourist provider Nuala McNulty, she is pleading with people to make their voices heard by their decision makers in what she sees as this critical time through sending the applications to Minister Pat Rabbitte.
The applications will be available in local shops and market stalls and through social media. They reiterate the rights of local people to be able to live in a rural area without the threat that hydraulic fracturing brings to their health and livelihoods.
Nuala said, “Throughout this process people have been forgotten about. We want to put people back into the centre of decision making. It’s as simple as this. “We are asking the Irish government, Are you with your people or not? We need them to show us they are with us by halting any further licenses.”
The Frack FreeLeitrim application asks the Petroleum Affairs Division for a license “not to carry out hydraulic fracturing in Leitrim.” It states that “Due to economic necessity, human and animal health and future happiness of communities we feel it is imperative that our wishes are carried out.”
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