Emergency Fracking Threat in Northern Ireland
The threat of fracking in Northern Ireland is a very real and urgent one. While the Covid pandemic has been taking place there have been moves by the oil and gas industry, assisted by Northern Ireland officials to facilitate the licensing process. Worse still, the transition process to Brexit at the end of December may mean the public and politicians in Northern Ireland have even less of a real say in stopping this. That's according to Colum Eastwood, SDLP MP for Foyle, who referring to Brexits Internal Market bill said “This Bill would allow a Whitehall Minister to override the wishes and very strong views of people in Northern Ireland on issues such as fracking and water charges." (https://drillordrop.com/2020/09/17/internal-market-bill-risks-override-on-fracking-mps/)
We need you to contact MLA's in Northern Ireland asking them to push for a moratorium on licensing to be adopted at the NI Executive. This needs to happen before Stormont closes for Christmas and will help protect communities from the well documented and peer reviewed negative impacts of fracking and the oil/gas industry.