06 Mar 2012
MAJOR FRACKING CONCERNS REMAIN UNANSWERED – IFAEnvironment & Rural Affairs
IFA Environment and Rural Affairs Chairman Harold Kingston has expressed concern regarding the failure of Leitrim County Council, Tamboran Resources and several state agencies to adequately address farmers concerns in the Lough Allen Basin, who may be affected by fracking proposals.
Speaking after a recent meeting of senior IFA Officers from counties Cavan, Leitrim, Roscommon and Sligo Mr. Kingston said, “Farmers are genuinely concerned about the impact that this fracking may have on water quality in the area and there are many questions that remain unanswered.”
“IFA welcomes the decision to appoint the Environmental Protection Agency to carry out an environmental impact study and the Association will meet with the EPA to ensure that farmers concerns are addressed as part of the study.”
Mr. Kingston concluded, “Agriculture is the bedrock of commercial activity in the greater Lough Allen Basin and it is essential that the genuine concerns of the farming community in the area are addressed fully.”