FFAN at the DoE

On 5th September, a delegation from the Fermanagh Fracking Awareness Network met with the Environment Minister, Mr Alex Attwood, in Belfast.  During the meeting, they presented information to the Minister about the current proposals for shale gas extraction in the county and their probable impact, about the geology of the area and its consequent dangers, about Northern Ireland’s responsibilities under the Habitats Directive, (which protects endangered species and landscapes) and about the health implications of fracking in Fermanagh.  The meeting was very positive and we are grateful to the Minister for his careful consideration of the facts provided.

Following the meeting, Dr. Carroll O’Dolan wrote to the Minister thanking him for his time and requesting that the Department of Health be represented in the inter-departmental Shlae Gas Forum.  We were very pleased to receive a prompt reply from Mr. Attwood confirming that this would be the case and that he would use all efforts to ensure that the forum would address all relevant issues including health-related matters.  For further news about FFAN and the Department of Health, watch this space …

Note:  All the presentations and letters referred to are available on our Documents page or by clicking on the highlighted text.

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