THE FIGHT against fracking in Fermanagh is still in full swing, with a local MP following in her predecessor’s footsteps in trying to ban fracking in the North as local campaign groups join the quest for a worldwide ban.
MP Aine Murphy, who was co-opted into the Assembly following Sean Lynch’s retirement earlier this summer, has announced that she will introduce a private member’s bill calling for an outright ban hydraulic fracturing in the coming weeks. Mr Lynch, who originally proposed the bill, had already garnered broad public support when he opened it for consultation.
“The arguments against hydraulic fracturing are overwhelming, as more and more evidence emerges of the effects of hydraulic fracturing on neighboring communities,” Ms. Murphy said. “We need to put people’s health before profits. We must protect our environment and future generations by banning hydraulic fracturing once and for all.
Ms Murphy was “thrilled” to resume work on the legislation first proposed by Mr Lynch and planned to bring the bill to the House “in the early fall”.
“The bill, if passed, will introduce a legislative ban on the licensing of companies that intend to explore or extract fossil fuels by hydraulic fracturing,” she continued. “It will also align the North with the rest of the island and many countries around the world that have taken a stand on this issue.”
Meanwhile, local groups such as Belcoo Frack Free and Love Leitrim have joined an international coalition that is trying to go even further.
Hundreds of scientists, activists, local community groups and celebrities such as Jane Fonda and Mark Ruffalo have joined forces to call on the Irish government to call on the United Nations (UN) to introduce a global ban on fracking .
In a letter released earlier this summer, signed by 730 international groups and organizations, including those in Fermanagh, the coalition calls for “a global ban on fracking proposed by Ireland to the United Nations Mitigation Assembly. climate change, public health, environmental protection. , and human rights.
In an eight-page explanatory note, the coalition explains that while Ireland has yet to make such a proposal to the UN, it had chosen the country to lead the charge of a global ban because Ireland had “demonstrated commitment and leadership in hydraulic fracturing. . “
The note also explains that a ban on hydraulic fracturing would align with the priority given by the UN to human rights and action against climate change.
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Posted: 6:46 PM Aug 28, 2021