Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has today reiterated calls for all EU countries halt any authorisation of new hydraulic fracturing, (fracking), operations.

Speaking after voting in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Ms Anderson said,

“Fracking is not only an all-Ireland issue, it is a European issue. Today the Sinn Féin MEPs and the GUE/NGL group voted in favour of urging all member states not authorising any new hydraulic fracturing operations in the EU.

“Taking into account the risks and the negative climate, environmental and biodiversity impacts involved in hydraulic fracturing we need to be active in our opposition, which Sinn Féin has been, in all forums.

“However, it is disappointing, yet not surprising that the other two MEPs, from the North of Ireland Jim Nicholson and Diane Dodds, voted against this resolution, ultimately implying that it is acceptable for EU member states to authorise new hydraulic fracturing operations.

“At a major European Fracking conference that I held last February in Fermanagh, it was revealed that if fracking was brought to the north of Ireland, it would create a maximum of ten jobs. Therefore, the argument that fracking could boost employment is nonsence; the agri-food sector, the environment and the water ways, create more jobs than fracking ever could. All of these sectors would be under threat from fracking.

“Fracking is not a short term project; it has major long term implications, which it appears my fellow MEPs, Jim Nicholson and Diane Dodds and their party colleagues fail to recognise.” ENDS 

NOTES

Full text of resolution: 

Urges the Member States – on the basis of the precautionary principle and the principle that preventive action should be taken, and taking into account the risks and the negative climate, environmental and biodiversity impacts involved in hydraulic fracturing for the extraction of unconventional hydrocarbons, and the gaps identified in the EU regulatory regime for shale gas activities – not to authorise any new hydraulic fracturing operations in the EU;