Incorrect statement Irish Times

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On Saturday November 23rd the Irish Times published the following article http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/majority-of-submissions-to-epa-oppose-fracking-1.1604852

This article states that EPA’s research programme will include a Health Impact Assessment.
Quote:
‘The programme will also include air baseline assessment, a health impact assessment and a section on seismology which will examine evidence linking fracking to earthquakes.’

This statement is in fact incorrect. The EPA’s research programme will not include a HIA.

We are asking people to contact/email the Irish Times and demand that this error is immediately and publicly corrected.

The following is an email received by Clare Daly TD. from Head of Research at the EPA, Dr. Brian Donlon.
This can be used to insert into emails when contacting the Irish Times.

“Dear Clare

The joint EPA/DCENR/NIA research programme into Unconventional Gas Exploration and Extraction will NOT incorporate a Health Impact Assessment. There is requirement in the Terms of Reference (Project C, Task 3) to specifically consider the potential role of Health Impact Assessment in regulation of UGEE projects/operations based on the experience in other countries and to make recommendations towards developing a protocol in the island of Ireland context.

Exploration licences are within the remit of the Department of Communications Energy and Natural Resources. It is our understanding based on statements made by Minister Rabbitte that no decisions will be made on applications for exploration licences prior to the completion of the research. For more detail on the role of the EPA and other regulators in this area see the Water Section of the following link

Regards,
Dr. Brian Donlon”

Below is a sample email that can be sent to Irish Times –

Dear Editor,

There is a serious factual inaccuracy in this recent news article by Ronan McGreevy.
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/majority-of-submissions-to-epa-oppose-fracking-1.1604852

I quote:
‘The programme will also include air baseline assessment, a health impact assessment and a section on seismology which will examine evidence linking fracking to earthquakes.’
The programme of research will NOT include a health impact assessment. This can be confirmed by contacting the EPA or by consulting the terms of reference document.
Can you please take immediate action and publicly correct this serious inaccuracy. It is obviously very germane to the story and also important for communities across this country, who are trying to inform themselves on this important matter.

Yours Sincerely,