1. Talk and write to your elected representatives, especially local councillors and MLAs. Let them know that you care about this issue and that you expect them to do the same. As a starting point, we’ve produced a sample letter, available here as a Word document or pdf file. You can either use it as it is, just filling in your details and those of the person you’re sending it to, or adapt it adding your own comments and questions.
If you don’t want to send a detailed letter then keep it simple. Politicians are your representatives and they need your votes to stay in office. The most important politician in the shale gas process is the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Mrs Arlene Foster, who is also an MLA for the Fermanagh and South Tyrone constituency. If you are concerned about fracking, then Mrs Foster needs to know this. Contact her (politely and courteously, please) here.
The current We Deserve Better! campaign, which is active both in Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, highlights the differences between the ways in which the two governments are treating this issue and invites you to express your views to the First and Deputy First Ministers. Read more about it here.
2. Find out more – from this website and its links or, even better, by coming along to one of the many public meetings and presentations about hydraulic fracturing and what it could mean for us. Don’t worry, though – you don’t need to become an expert mining engineer or geologist before you can have an informed opinion! The film, Fracking in Fermanagh: what could it mean?, available to view online here is a fantastic introduction to the issues.
3. Tell others – most people in Fermanagh still don’t know what’s happening or what it might mean for their daily lives. If you’re a member of a community group, church or political party, talk to others about how fracking will affect them. Talk to your friends and family, especially the younger generation, who will have to live with the decisions which are taken now.
4. Get involved. There are lots of groups growing up in villages and towns across Fermanagh made up of people like you who want to know more and have a say in their own future. Contact us to find out who’s getting together in your area or to get help in starting your own group.
5. Sign the NI online petition here or contact us for paper copies.