Fine Gael TD for Sligo-Leitrim, and Assistant Whip to the Fine Gael Party, Tony Mc Loughlin, has welcomed the introduction of his anti-fracking legislation in Dáil Éireann this week.
“After many years of hard work and engagement with local stakeholders, I am delighted to present my anti-fracking legislation in the Dáil this week.
“I have been extremely concerned for a very long time about the damage and harm that fracking could cause in Ireland, and my Dáil Private Members Bill aims to prevent this.
“The Bill entitled, ‘The Prohibition of the Exploration and Extraction of Onshore Petroleum Bill 2016’, has been accepted by Government, which is very welcome.
“It provides for a clear and unequivocal position in relation to the exploration and extraction of petroleum from shale rock, tight sands and coal seams on the Irish onshore and also in our internal waters. This Bill does not seek to simply ban the technology associated with ‘fracking’, rather it seeks to ban the act of taking oil and gas out of the ground, where usually fracking would be needed.
“I am hopeful that with cross party support for my Bill, it will pass through Second Stage in the Dáil this evening. It will then progress to the Joint Committee on Communications, Climate Change and Environment for further scrutiny.”