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Sinn Féin will ban fracking

Gerry Adams says Sinn Féin will work to ban fracking

SINN FÉIN TDs and MLAs will move to ban fracking — the controversial ‘hydraulic fracturing’ gas exploration technique — anywhere in Ireland, Gerry Adams TD has told a public meeting in Carrick-on-Shannon, County Leirim, to discuss issues affecting rural communities.

Responding to a question from an environmental campaigner, the Sinn Féin leader pointed out that the party had voted to ban fracking at a previous Ard Fheis: “We gave a commitment to ban fracking and we will do that.”

Sinn Féin has been a vocal opponent of the controversial gas exploration technique which has been  proven in other countries to cause water pollution and other environmental damage.

Fermanagh/South Tyrone MLA Phil Flanagan said that fracking in the north-west could cause serious environmental pollution and damage fish stocks and livestock.

Vermont has just become the first US state to ban the practice.

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