Areview of the process of fracking released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently did not take into account the social and economic impact the controversial process could have, according to campaigners.A crowd of over 150 people were told that the precautionary principle needs to be applied when considering the public health implications of fracking, at a meeting to discuss the EPA report on Tuesday last, June 12 in Manorhamilton.
Among the limitations of the report was that its terms of reference failed to look at the impact of the procedure on the wider environment and landscape, on climate change, or its potential to displace jobs in agriculture and tourism, along with its risk to community cohesion and public health.
Among those speaking was Dr Carroll O’Dolan who spoke about the public and animal health risks.
He recommended the precautionary principle- which states that in the absence of conclusive evidence the burden of proof should lie with the gas company to prove that fracking is safe.
Meanwhile, runners and walkers are being invited to participate in a 10km run within the rolling hills of Leitrim in aid of the antifracking awareness group, Love Leitrim. Registration for the run will take place this Saturday June 23 at 10am in Kiltyclogher community centre with a €10 entry fee (€5 for kids).
The 10km course in some of the most unspoilt areas of North Leitrim, promises to be an opportunity not to be missed. Organisers hope that both locals and people outside the area will take the chance to immerse themselves in scenery, rich enough to uplift any weary soul.
Kiltyclogher North Leitrim is in the heart of ecotourism country and is the birthplace of Sean Mac Diarmada whose cottage is nestled under the mountains there. Loretta Meehan one of the organizers said: “This is a fundraiser but one of the other main reasons for the event is for people of all ages and abilities to come out in numbers and share this landscape with us.
“We, who are from the area, are proud of it and invite people from all over to join us and celebrate.”
Refreshments will be served afterwards and Farming Not Fracking t-shirts and memorabilia will also be available before the event and at the venue.