Clare Bailey MLA

Frackers told – leave shale gas in the ground

Wednesday 08 May 2019

The Green Party in Northern Ireland has called on the Permanent Secretary of the Department for the Economy to safeguard the health and well being of the people of Fermanagh and refuse a licence for hydraulic fracking in the area.

Australian company Tamboran has submitted a proposal for hydraulic fracking in Fermanagh. Tamboran last attempted to carry out test drilling in 2014 but faced stiff opposition from the local community.       

Leader of the Green Party in Northern Ireland Clare Bailey MLA said:

“Tamboran must understand that the people of Fermanagh and across Northern Ireland want to have shale gas left in the ground. Fracking poses a major health risk to local communities with a risk of tremors and chemical contamination associated with drilling.  

“The timing of the application is cynical – coming so soon after a local council election. Tamboran were clearly keen that fracking did not become an issue during the election campaign. The continuing Stormont stalemate also provides an opportunity for drilling firms to avoid accountability and scrutiny.  

“However, the company can be sure that the local community and anti-fracking campaigners will mobilise against this fracking proposal in the same way that they did in 2014. The Green Party NI will back them all the way.  

“The Republic of Ireland became the fourth EU country to ban fracking in 2016. Northern Ireland must not become an environmental waste ground while our European counterparts enhance protections around us. 

“The Permanent Secretary must reject this new licence bid, prioritise investment in renewable sources of energy, a just transition away from an economy driven by fossil fuels and protect the health and wellbeing of our communities in the process.”   

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