SDLP Councillor for Carntogher, Martin Kearney, has welcomed the Mid Ulster
Council passing a motion “totally opposing shale gas exploration and extraction by the process of hydraulic fracturing known as fracking on the island of Ireland”.
Cllr Kearney said, “I welcome the recent decision by the Mid Ulster Council to totally oppose shale gas exploration and extraction by the process of hydraulic fracturing known as fracking on the island of Ireland.
“The SDLP have always taken a strong lead in regards to our clear position to
fracking. We will continue to oppose all planning applications for this process until it can be proven that it can be done safely and responsibly.”
Cllr Kearney added, “Our position could not be any clearer. There is no proven
evidence that fracking can be carried out safely and responsibly.
“The simple fact of the matter is that, as it stands, the potential damage to the heritage, tourism, and agricultural industries is simply too great to countenance the use of this controversial process.
“There needs to be a rigorous collection and capture of the scientific and
geological data around fracking. Only then can anyone make an informed and
responsible decision as to its suitability for any given area.”