Galway East TD and Minister of State Sean Canney has said the Government fully supports legislation that has been introduced to the Dail that aims to ban fracking in the country.
Minister Canney said the Prohibition of Exploration and Extraction of Onshore Petroleum Bill that has been introduced to the Dail by Deputy Tony McLoughlin had the full backing of Government.
“The Government, including the Independent Alliance were fully supportive of the Bill,” said Minister Canney
“I would have particular concerns that attempts would be made by exploration companies to seek licences for the extraction of shale gas from the Lough Allen basin which would have an extremely detrimental and adverse effect on the environment and local communities which is something that I would not accept under any circumstances.”
“There is a large body of scientific evidence now available which suggests that there are serious negative impacts connected with fracking, including potential landslides, contamination of ground water and the release of harmful chemicals into the air,” said Minister Canney.
“My concern is for people’s health, the environment and effect that fracking would have on tourism and agriculture and that is why myself and my Government colleagues, including the Independent Alliance supported this bill’’ said Minister Canney.