Longford/Westmeath Independent Alliance TD Kevin 'Boxer' Moran.
Longford/Westmeath TD and Deputy Government Chief Whip, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran has said the Government fully supports legislation that is being introduced to the Dáil on Thursday that aims to ban fracking in the country.
Deputy Moran said the Prohibition of Exploration and Extraction of Onshore Petroleum Bill that is being introduced to the Dáil by Deputy Tony McLoughlin has the full backing of Government.
“The Government, including the Independent Alliance are fully supportive of the Bill,” said Deputy Moran.
“I would have particular concerns that attempts would be made by exploration companies to seek licences for the extraction of shale gas from the Lough Allen basin which would have an extremely detrimental and adverse effect on the environment and local communities which is something that I would not accept under any circumstances.”
“There is a large body of scientific evidence now available which suggests that there are serious negative impacts connected with fracking, including potential landslides, contamination of ground water and the release of harmful chemicals into the air,” said Deputy Moran.
“My concern is for people’s health, the environment and effect that fracking would have on tourism and agriculture and that is why myself and my Government colleagues, including the Independent Alliance will be supporting this Bill this evening,” said Deputy Moran.