Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has warned “If you value the environment be careful who you vote for in next year’s EU elections.”
Anderson has voiced her disappointment after a vote calling for Environmental Impact Assessments to be applied to all planning involving Fracking failed to receive the necessary support.
“In the EU Parliament in Strasbourg I voted in favour of Environmental Impact Assessments being extended to the exploration and extraction of shale gas and was disappointed that it did not get sufficient support in the Parliament to be carried.
“This was despite the fact that over 100 local governments across Europe including in France and countries around the world like South Africa, Canada and Australia have a ban or moratorium on Fracking.
“There are well documented concerns that greed and the unscrupulous pursuit of profit is destroying the Environment around us.
“If we continue to ignore the damage we are doing to the environment through processes such as Fracking it won’t be too long before the Fields of Ireland go from 40 shades of Green to 50 shades of Grey.
She concluded, “I will continue this campaign but I would caution the electorate to be careful who you vote for if you want to protect the environment for your children and grandchildren.”