McKay tables motion on fracking

MLA Daithi McKay.

MLA Daithi McKay.

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North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has said that the Environment and Enterprise Ministers must ensure that all fracking related applications are blocked including the present application to drill at Ballinlea on the north coast.

He was speaking after submitting a motion on the matter to the Assembly.

“The present application for a mini-frack in North Antrim by Rathlin Energy is not in the best interests of the environment and represents a clear threat to our tourism industry on the north coast,” he said.

“Sinn Féin is consistent on the issue of fracking. We do not want to see it in any form. Other parties need to be consistent too. Our energy needs can be met by realising our potential to develop renewables.

“We should not put at risk the tourist attraction that is the north coast by supporting drilling operations that involve high levels of risk to our environment and our water supply.”

The motion read: “That this Assembly recognises the concerns of residents in Co Antrim about fracking proposals at a number of sites, and calls on the Minister of Environment and the Enterprise Minister to ensure that such applications are not approved given the impact that fracking will have on our water supply, tourism and our communities.”