A proposed nationwide ban on fracking has cleared its first hurdle.
Cross-party TDs backed legislation put forward by Fine Gael TD for Sligo-Leitrim Tony McLoughlin to outlaw drilling for shale gas from rocks, sands and coal seams across the country.
Denis Naughten, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, warned that the proposed legislation may not achieve what is intended due to the complexities of gas exploration.
Attempts to get the Government to ban fracking look set to pass their first hurdle, it has emerged.
Legislation put forward by Fine Gael backbench TD Tony McLoughlin was due to be put on hold for at least eight months to allow for an independent report on the controversial gas extraction to be completed.
But the proposal may progress more quickly after Fianna Fáil refused to support the delay.
Sligo Council to decide on fracking ban
Sligo County Council will decide at its meeting on Monday (27th June) whether to include a ban on fracking in the new draft County Development Plan when councillors will consider an extensive motion on the issue submitted by Independent Cllr Declan Bree.
FIRST MOTION TO BAN FRACKING WAS BY PEOPLE BEFORE PROFIT, http://www.peoplebeforeprofit.ie/…/people-before-profit-hi…/
“Towards the end of the 31st Dáil we in People Before Profit, along with Friends of the Earth, put forward the Prohibition of Hydraulic Fracturing Bill 2015. We intend on moving this bill as soon as we can in the Dáil.
SINN FEIN FOLLOWED http://www.anphoblacht.com/contents/26120
AND NOW FINE GAEL.
THEY MIGHT SEE POLITICAL OPPORTUNITIES…
Picture taken in Manorhamilton meeting. At that time Tony was pretty vague re. to ban fracking.
Fracking is twice as bad for climate as coal – will the Climate Change Committee ban it?
Dr Robin Russell-Jones
9th June 2016
We have been unofficially informed that the CCC has accepted our data on fugitive emissions of methane – and that shale gas is twice as bad as coal from a climate change perspective. In other words fracking is likely to be banned.