CONSULTATION – Draft ban fracking in Co. Sligo Development plan

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Draft Sligo County Development Plan 2017-2023
Public Consultation from 21st September to 30th November 2016

Following pre-draft consultation in 2015, Sligo County Council has prepared a Draft Development Plan for County Sligo for the period 2017 to 2023. The Draft Plan is now on public display from the 21st September to the 30th November 2016. The Draft Plan can be viewed online at the following link:


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Sligo Council to decide on fracking ban

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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.
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PRESS RELEASE Tony McLoughlin (FG) – – FG blocked the Ban on Fracking in Sligo CDP

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Where is the evidence that the study has stopped?
Why did FG councillors blocked the ban in the Sligo County Development Plan?

McLoughlin Wholeheartedly Supports Decision Not to Proceed with Fracking Study.

Read the official FG statement:

Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking): Fine Gael will not allow any fracking to take place before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published its comprehensive study on the new technology. There is an effective moratorium in place and that will remain in place until the EPA’s advice is received and considered


Fine Gael TD for Sligo – Leitrim, Tony McLoughlin, has strongly welcomed the decision of the Minister for State, Joe McHugh TD, not to proceed with Phase 2 of the EPA’s Joint Research Programme into the potential effects of hydraulic fracking in Ireland.

“The decision to put Phase 2 of the EPA study into the potential health and environmental impact of Fracking on hold represents a considerable setback to those trying to promote fracking in our country” stated McLoughlin.

“I have been advised by Department officials that the Steering Group which is responsible for the award of the contract, and which is overseeing the project, has agreed that the Consortium would be requested to produce a report pulling together the results of the research carried out to-date. It is anticipated that this report, could be completed and published by the second half of this year”.

Minister McHugh has stated that “initial indications of these results are clearly pointing to the fact that the practice of Fracking would not be a viable option in Ireland”.

“As someone who is opposed to fracking being permitted in Ireland in any form, this is a very important development.

Minister McHugh knows my feelings on this issue, and that I am totally against fracking as I have met with him on several occasions throughout the duration of this Government to discuss this issue, and most recently with community groups from North Leitrim and its environs.

I will continue to lobby my fellow politicians to ensure that we do not see fracking introduced into our country in the future” concluded McLoughlin.



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declan breeACTION ALERT – contact councillors: Ban Fracking in CDP

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Take Action – Ban Fracking: in Sligo Development Plan

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On February 1st Sligo County Council will vote on a ban on Frackign to go into the Sligo development plan. the motion had been proposed by Declan Bree, but unfortunately it didnt get adopted at their last meeting. so it is very important that it get passed this time.   find below a template that could be  sent to all councillors . A list of councillors complete with emails can be found  on the page Here:  h
Sending a similar Mail to all councillors takes just a few minutes ! Maybe you could all write something similar ……use copy and paste and alter it to suit your particular concern.

List of emails below the letter, just copy and paste!
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Fracking on the Island of Ireland

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Q and A

Q&A: So what’s the drill?

Paul Melia – Published 03 March 2014 02:30 AM

Why are we talking about fracking?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will shortly undertake a study to determine if hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, will be allowed to take place in Ireland. The method is used to extract natural gas from beneath the surface, but there are concerns it can cause earthquakes, pollute water sources and cause environmental damage. Continue reading

Motion Co. Co. Sligo – oppose fracking

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Agenda of Adjourned January Ordinary Meeting of Sligo County Council to be held on Monday 27th January 2014 at 11am

18. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor J. Lundy

“In an effort to protect agriculture and tourism in Co. Sligo I will again ask that this Council oppose the practice of ‘fracking’ to extract gas from within our county.” Continue reading