Dr Ruairi Hanley refuses to accept that Ireland cannot get its act together on fracking
Dr Ruairi Hanley believes that with proper safeguards and regulation, fracking could hold massive potential for the hard-hit regions of Leitrim, West Cavan and Fermanagh
Motion from Cllr Mary Bohan, FF, at a meeting today (Mon, 11th of May) of Leitrim County Council at 11am in Bredagh Old Schoolhouse, Carrigallen, is in conflict with the ban on UGEE in the Leitrim County Development Plan and the recently stated policy
THE TROJAN HORSE!!!
‘The motion should be withdrawn completely at this stage. The first part of the motion, despite being factually correct, is being used as a Trojan horse in order to get the second part through.’
Councillor Mary Bohan, Fianna Fáil, motion on the Agenda of a meeting of Leitrim County Council on Monday, 11th of May at 11am in Bredagh Old School, adjacent to Carrigallen Church of Ireland, Carrigallen, Co. Leitrim:
(a) vote of no confidence in CDM Consortium of researchers appointed by the EPA to carry out the research in relation to fracking.
(b) I further call that Leitrim County Council calls on the Minister of Health and the Taoiseach in the interests of public health to have this research carried out by the Department of Health Chief Medical Officer.
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L E I T R I M C O U N T Y C O U N C I L (Pages 202, 203 & 204)
OFFICIAL: Fracking now banned in Leitrim
3.11.7 UNCONVENTIONAL GAS EXPLORATION AND EXTRACTION
Leitrim County Council is aware of oil and gas prospecting interests within the Leitrim County area and its surrounds41, in particular proposals for unconventional oil/gas exploration and extraction42 projects/operations. It is a strategic goal of the County Development Plan to adopt the ‘precautionary principle’43 in respect of development where significant environmental implications are involved. Further to this, the Council wishes to safeguard and nurture the unspoilt/green image and reputation of Leitrim and the health of its present and future communities, centred on the rural characteristics of the County, agricultural activity, the landscape and its environmentally sensitive lands and water bodies – both surface and groundwater.
With Wales and Scotland voting in favour of a moratorium on the practice of fracking, residents of Leitrim have signalled their intention to stop the gas extraction method from coming to Ireland.
Several counties including Clare, Cavan, Sligo, Roscommon, Leitrim and Fermanagh have been identified as possible places where gas might be found.
Leitrim is regarded as one of the most promising locations for fracking, and the county’s geology could mean big reserves of shale gas in the region.
But residents of Leitrim are also leading the fight against the gas extraction process in Ireland.