Sinn Féin will oppose fracking – MEP

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Sinn Féin MEPs has reiterated their opposition to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, during a vote in the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

Speaking after the vote, Martina Anderson MEP said: “The resolution during the debate on the Energy Union re-emphasised that the use ofhydraulic fracturing entails risks and negative consequences for the climate, the environment and public health, and threatens the achievement of the EU’s long-term decarbonisation goal.

“The report went on to state that hydraulic fracturing is not a promising technology and urges the member states to refrain from any shale gas exploration and exploitation activities.

“Sinn Féin has been front and centre of the anti-fracking campaign in Ireland, raising the issue in the Dail, Stormont and the European Parliament as far back as 2011.

“It has been proven on several occasions to be detrimental in terms of the environment, health, agriculture and climate and we will not support any motion, resolution or amendment that says otherwise.

“We will continue to oppose any form of hydraulic fracturing, in Ireland or elsewhere.”

Fracking is the process of drilling down into the earth before a high-pressure water mixture is directed at the rock to release the gas inside.

Water, sand and chemicals are injected into the rock at high pressure which allows the gas to flow out to the head of the well.