Green MLA welcomes motion calling for moratorium on fracking

North Down Green MLA Steven Agnew has expressed his delight after his motion to introduce a moratorium on ‘hydraulic fracturing’ was passed in the Assembly today.

“I am pleased that the Assembly took this position on Fracking for gas in Northern Ireland which remains a controversial issue.

“It sends a clear message to the Executive that we need to put the brakes on Fracking in areas like Fermanagh until more research into its safety is carried out,” Mr Agnew said.

“A lot of people have put a lot of hard work into the campaign against Fracking and I want to pay credit to all those people who travelled to Stormont today from Fermanagh and beyond to highlight this issue.

“I particularly want to pay credit to Fermanagh-native Dawn Bourke who started the online-petition and has helped co-ordinate the campaign from her home in the States where she has seen first-hand the damage caused by Fracking.

“Ultimately, the decision on whether Fracking will now take place in Northern Ireland now lies in the hands of the Executive.

“We are calling on Minister Foster to listen to the will of the Assembly and introduce a moratorium on Fracking in Northern Ireland.

“But it is important to remember that this is only the first stage of this process and we urge the public to keep the pressure on their local politicians to make sure the moratorium is applied.

“This issue is too important to play party politics with and I am pleased The Green Party was able to act as hub to bring other parties together to work for the good of the people in Northern Ireland on such an important issue.”

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