For Immediate Release
Press Release November 15th 2018:
Sean Kelly is asked to declare his position on Fracked Gas in the Irish
Energy Mix following his attendance at Regional Gathering of the
National Dialogue on Climate Action.
M.E.P. Sean Kelly, attended the Second
Regional Gathering of the National Dialogue on Climate Action
organised by the Irish Department of Communications, Climate Action
& Environment to explore how we, as a nation can work together to
take action on climate change.
The Convention, held at the Rose Hotel in Tralee, County Kerry on November 10th, 2018
heard that gas is no longer a transitional fuel, that fracked gas is
dirtier than coal, and that the number one climate threat in
Ireland is fracked gas due to plans by New Fortress Energy to import
fracked US gas to the proposed Shannon LNG project in the Shannon
Estuary. This was not the thinking 10 years ago when the Shannon LNG
project initially obtained planning permission.
Given the most up-to-date scientific information that now proves that fracked gas is dirtier than coal, local lobby group 'Safety Before LNG'
is now asking M.E.P. Sean Kelly to make a public statement on his position on fracked gas in the Irish Energy Mix.
group also asks MEP Sean Kelly to declare if the Irish authorities are
already involved in negotiating imports of Shale gas or LNG in terms of
long or short-term contracts, given that there is no public policy to
support fracked gas in the Irish Energy Mix. The extension of the
expired planning permission for the Shannon LNG project is
currently being seriously challenged in the Irish High Court on
environmental grounds, including that no account has been taken of the
environmental obligations of the Paris Climate Agreement ratified by
Safety Before LNG