Sinn Fein raise fracking concerns in meeting with Dublin institute

‘Institute will not proceed with project while concerns exist in local community’

Sligo News File

Sinn Fein representatives who raised concerns about onshore carbon storage research carried out by  the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies in Leitrim, Cavan and Fermanagh have been told  the Institute has “no links with any fracking company nor is their work aimed at helping those companies.”

Michael Colreavy, TD, Sinn Fein, Sligo - Leitrim
Michael Colreavy, TD,
Sinn Fein, Sligo – Leitrim

Commenting following the meeting with Institute representatives Dr. Volker Rath and Prof. Chris Bean, party TD, Michael Colreavy TD said:

“The representatives from DIAS have now recognised that the original stated objectives of the project were ‘unintentionally murky.’

“We fully accept that those behind this project never sought to mislead the local community, that their intentions are genuine and they are solely involved in trying to establish whether the methodology used to establish the geology of a given area is accurate.

 “It is clear that those behind this project were not aware of the current sensitivities in the local community around the threat of fracking. They now accept that they should have more aware of these concerns before the commenced this project.

“They told us that they have no links with any fracking company nor is their work aimed at helping those companies. They have also stated that they will not proceed with this project while concerns exist within the local community.

“For us, that is a very sensible approach and one we warmly welcome.”

Phil Flanagan MLA
Phil Flanagan MLA

Fermanagh & South Tyrone MLA Phil Flanagan said the delegation from DIAS acknowledged that the findings from the project could be used by companies “hell-bent on forcing fracking onto our communities and as a result, they fully appreciate the sensitivities that exist in the local area about this work.

“The rationale given to the local community for this project at all stages was that DIAS were exploring the potential for carbon storage in the Northwest Carboniferous Basin. This raised questions for the local community as a previous study found that the geology of this area was completely unacceptable for such a purpose.”