Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action

Hydraulic Fracturing Exploration: Discussion

Mr. Eddie Mitchell:

I would be very angry if I was a member of that community because people have been wasting their time for the past couple of years after we banned fracking. The general public did now know this was fracked gas but plenty of people did. This should have been more transparent. People should have understood that it was fracked gas. An alternative project could have been found for that site by now, something that could have contributed to the community, which needs jobs. People have been wasting that community's time. When one sees the science, Professor Robert Howarth has not been talking about this. We have been looking to Professor Howarth since 2011 when we started looking at fracking. While this information may be new to us in Ireland, officials in the Department and those working in our universities should have been aware of it.