by Gareth Hughes
More good news. Ireland has announced that no hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” for gas would take place in Ireland pending further “detailed scientific analysis and advice”.
Of the countries that are known to have used fracking, the US, Australia, Ireland, Germany, Bulgaria, South Africa, France all have full country, state or regional bans in place and only China and New Zealand do not.
The fact is, there are legitimate concerns, many unanswered questions, the oil and gas isn’t going anywhere so we shouldn’t rush into it. I’m calling for a moratorium until the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment can assure us it’s safe and I think this is the responsible position..