Today, An Taisce complemented Minister Rabbitte for his initiative to ask the EPA for advice on the environmental implications of fracking.

Charles Stanley-Smith, Chair An Taisce, the Environmental charity, stated “We compliment Minister Rabbitte on his initiative on asking the EPA for their advice on the environmental impacts of Fracking. We call upon the minister to make this advice publicly available to allow the people participate properly in the decision making process. An Taisce is very aware of the potential jobs that ‘Fracking’ could provide, so we are also calling for a full ‘Life Cycle Analysis’ to be undertaken on Fracking to see if it will really bring benefits to the People of Ireland and at what risk?”

He went on to say “We realise that currently no company is licensed to undertake Fracking in Ireland and reiterate our call for a Moratorium on Fracking and we call upon the Minster to convince the people of Ireland that Fracking can be undertaken without environmental damage before any company is licensed to undertake Fracking, even on an exploratory basis”

An Taisce Ends

For further commentary/clarification please contact:

Charles Stanley-Smith, Chair, An Taisce The National Trust for Ireland, 087 2411995