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Sligo/Leitrim Fine Gael TD Tony McLoughlin’s Bill to ban fracking has been finally passed in the Dail. It will now go to the Seanad. The passage is a major victory for those campaigning for years to have fracking banned. For years, there has been a passionate debate about fracking, particularly…

The Bill by a Sligo/Leitrim TD that would ban fracking has passed another major milestone in its journey toward becoming law. It has now passed what’s known as ‘the committee stage’ in the Dail. It is unusual for Bills such as Fine Gael Deputy Tony McLoughlin’s to even reach this…

CDM Smith has defended its role in carrying out the research on the report on fracking. The company says it’s a large international consultancy that focuses on the environment and denies it has any agenda on fracking. The report finds that fracking could feasibly go ahead on the island of…

A spokesman for the anti-fracking group Love Leitrim says the EPA report on fracking in Ireland is really about how to frack rather than having a focus on public health, which his group, and people in Leitrim, wanted. Eddie Mitchell says the report acknowledges some of the risks with fracking…

Love Leitrim campaigners are welcoming the passing to committee stage of an anti-fracking bill put forward in the Dail yesterday. The bill put forward by Sligo Leitrim Fine Gael TD Tony McLoughlin calls for the ‘prohibition of the exploration and extraction of petroleum from shale rock, tight sands and coal…