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"CHEM Trust report revalidates oppostion to fracking" - Flanagan

Published: 27 June, 2015

Sinn Féin MLA Phil Flanagan has welcomed the results of a major scientific study carried out by the CHEM trust, on the impact of Fracking.

Commenting on the report, the Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA says,

"Sinn Féin has been to the fore in the campaign against Fracking, not just in Fermanagh, but across Ireland and indeed Europe. Although the results of this report are deeply concerning, it justifies our opposition.

"The report concluded that fracking poses a significant risk to human health and wildlife, and that an EU-wide moratorium should be implemented.

"Some of the toxic chemicals that fracking companies use to prise open rocks, have been linked to breast, prostate and testicular cancer in humans as well as coronary heart disease, the report says. It also warns of "significant" pollution to air, groundwater and surface waters and threats to wildlife.

"Adding to my concerns around the results of this study, is the failure of a number of elected representatives across the island to see the dangers of fracking and continue to be in favour of it.

"Earlier this month, the four Sinn Féin MEPs voted in favour of an amendment urging EU member states not to authorise any new exploration or extraction operations of unconventional fuels within the EU.

"Sinn Féin will continue to stand strong in our opposition to fracking and to support likeminded communities and groups to ensure this process is ever allowed to go ahead." ENDS