Steven Agnew MLA

Green Party demands that fossil fuels are left in the ground

Tuesday 09 July 2019

The Green Party Northern Ireland has stated that fossil fuels must be left in the ground in objecting to proposals for the granting of Petroleum Licenses in Belfast and Fermanagh.

Green Party MLA for North Down Steven Agnew said:

“We’ve opposed the granting of Petroleum Licenses in the strongest of terms through responses to the Department for the Economy.

“The application covering Fermanagh amounts to a renewed attempt to frack one of the most beautiful and ecologically important areas of Northern Ireland.

“Similarly, the application covering Belfast ignores the pressing need to meet Paris Agreements by keeping fossil fuels in the ground and transitioning to sustainable energy sources.”

Steven Agnew continued: “It’s clear that big companies are applying for these licenses in a bid to exploit the collapse of our power sharing arrangements.

“The Green Party has set out quite clearly, that in the absence of a minister, any decision on this application would be controversial, political and amount to an abuse of the powers of the Department in the current context.”

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