McHugh in favor of EPA report on the effects of fracking

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McHugh in favor of EPA report on the effects of fracking

http://oceanfm.ie/2014/09/23/mchugh-in-favor-of-epa-report-on-the-effects-of-fracking/

The Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Natural Resources is defending an EPA report currently being conducted into the effects of fracking on the environment in the Northwest.

Joe McHugh was present at a meeting of Leitrim and Cavan County Councillors yesterday, where opposition to hydraulic fracturing was highlighted to Energy Minister Alex White.

Fears over the comprehensiveness of the EPA report were outlined when it was made clear that no decision regarding the future of fracking in the Northwest would be made until after the results of the study were published – a process that could take in the region of 2 years.

There is a legal ban in place in the County of Leitrim on this EPA-UGEE ‘research’ project – it is therefore the policy of Leitrim County Council that UGEE projects/operations shall not be permitted within the County of Leitrim.

http://www.leitrimcoco.ie/eng/Services_A-Z/Planning_and_Building_Control/Development-Plans/County-Development-Plan/CDP-2015-%E2%80%93-2021/Vol-1-Written-Statement.pdf

Leitrim County Council needs to uphold the democratic decision taken in the Leitrim County Development Plan in relation to UGEE projects/operations taking place within the County of Leitrim on this matter.

Brian

Some thoughts below from Joe McHugh on this matter.

What will the people and the councillors of Donegal say when they hear about this now, particularly as the General Election is likely to be only a few months away?

McHugh in favour of EPA report on the effects of fracking

McHugh in favor of EPA report on the effects of fracking

The Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Natural Resources is defending an EPA report currently being conducted into the effects of fracking on the environment in the Northwest.

Joe McHugh was present at a meeting of Leitrim and Cavan County Councillors yesterday, where opposition to hydraulic fracturing was highlighted to Energy Minister Alex White.

Fears over the comprehensiveness of the EPA report were outlined when it was made clear that no decision regarding the future of fracking in the Northwest would be made until after the results of the study were published – a process that could take in the region of 2 years.

However Minister McHugh believes that the report is required:

http://oceanfm.ie/2014/09/23/mchugh-in-favor-of-epa-report-on-the-effects-of-fracking/

Audio recording on link above.

P.S.

Joe doesn’t seemed to have realised that his constituency (Donegal) now (he was in Donegal NE in 2011) is a lot closer to the fracking zone this time than it was back in 2011.

http://irishpoliticalmaps.blogspot.ie/2012/06/constituency-commission-boundary.html

P.P.S.

Fracking is already banned in Donegal.

E-P-8 It is a policy of Donegal County Council that the process of Hydraulic Fracturing (or fracking) will not be permitted within the County of Donegal. Therefore, this Council will not allow the intrusive shale gas extraction practices.

7.2.3 Policies
General

Chapter 7 Natural Resource Development
7.1 Extractive Industry and Geology
Aim:
To facilitate the appropriate and sustainable extraction of locally sourced aggregates and/or minerals that contribute to the local economy and where such activity does not adversely affect issues of acknowledged importance including water quality, natural habitats, important areas of landscape character, views and prospects or areas of geological interest.

7.2 Energy
Aim:
To facilitate the development of a diverse energy portfolio by the sustainable harnessing of the potential of wind, solar, hydro, wave, tidal, biomass, bio energy, oil and gas. To facilitate the appropriate development of associated infrastructure to enable the harnessing of these energy resources and to promote and facilitate the development of Donegal as a Centre of Excellence for Renewable Energy. Also to facilitate the development of appropriately located on and offshore wind energy proposals in accordance with the Wind Energy Strategy.

Fossil Fuels It is key Government policy to encourage investment in offshore oil and gas exploration.  A number of exploratory prospecting licenses have been issued to companies for the Slyne and Rockall basins, 150km of the Donegal coast.  In addition, in 2010 the Government invited applications for onshore licensing options over the North West Carboniferous Basin (an area of approximately 8,000 square kilometres, which includes the area south of the River Erne in Ballyshannon and around Bundoran). An opportunity exists to expand and develop the roles of Killybegs and Donegal Airport as strategic maintenance service facilities for offshore activities.   Ireland currently imports 96% of its gas supplies from Europe via an interconnector from the UK. If commercially viable hydrocarbon reserves are discovered then exploration and production activities must be subject to rigorous assessment and safe and tested procedures.  Nationally the supply of gas will be strategically supplied through inter-connections between Ireland and the UK, which will secure sufficient gas supplies for the foreseeable future. A new gas pipeline has been constructed from Belfast to Derry and the Council would support the extension of existing services into the County.

E-P-8 It is a policy of Donegal County Council that the process of Hydraulic Fracturing (or fracking) will not be permitted within the County of Donegal. Therefore, this Council will not allow the intrusive shale gas extraction practices.

http://www.donegalcoco.ie/NR/rdonlyres/9247A944-BD8A-43E9-9007-AD8D0E5A0A19/0/CDP20122018CoreDoc.pdf

http://www.donegalcoco.ie/services/planningeconomicdevelopment/CentralPlanningUnit/CountyDonegalDevelopmentPlan2012-

However Minister McHugh believes that the report is required: