Government delays fracking Bill.

Bill blocked until after June 2017, at the earliest.

Sligo News File Online.

The Fine Gael-Fianna Fail Partnership is set to stall a Bill banning fracking in Ireland.

BillTabled by Fine Gael TD Tony McLoughlin the measure provides for the prohibition of the exploration and extraction of petroleum from shale rock, tight sands and coal seams in the Irish onshore and Ireland’s internal waters.

It is scheduled for discussion this evening.

BillHowever, McLoughlin says the Government has proposed an amendment delaying its passage to Committee stage until June 2017.

Martin Kenny, Sinn Fein has described the amendment as “sinister and deceitful.”

Marc MacSharry, Fianna Fail, says he will oppose the move.