Leitrim Senator Paschal Mooney has welcomed the publication of a preliminary study into the use of Hydraulic Fracturing (fracking) technology, and has urged Minister Pat Rabbitte not to issue any fracking licenses until a more comprehensive study is carried out.

Senator Mooney, a member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, has called on the Committee Chairman Andrew Doyle TD to invite the EPA, representatives anti-fracking groups and experts from the European Commission to present evidence before the Committee at the earliest opportunity.

“I am impressed with the volume of work carried out by the author of this report Dr. David Healy of the University of Aberdeen. The report confirms the views of those opposed to fracking that more scientific based information must be provided before Minister Rabbitte can consider granting an exploration licence to carry out fracking in this country,” said Senator Mooney.

The Leitrim based Senator also welcomes the new EU Technical Working Group on the regulation of shale gas extraction. The group will initiate discussions on shale gas activities across the EU, bring together the technical knowledge on potential environmental risks and examine the legislation applicable at EU and national level.

“I am now calling on Minister Pat Rabbitte to send a clear signal that Ireland will not grant licences for fracking operations until there is a more comprehensive  EPA report containing in-depth research on the full range of possible risks and the potential environmental impact of these risks,” said Senator Mooney.