Leitrim anti-fracking group welcomes high court decision and say “it isn’t over”

A Leitrim anti-fracking group has welcomed a high court decision to allow the Friends of the Irish Environment to appeal how a pro-fracking project ended up on the European Projects of Common Interest list.

Inclusion on the list entitles projects to rapid implementation and, according to Love Leitrim, if the project was allowed to proceed it would reportedly see Ireland become a hub for the importation of American fracked gas, despite the 2017 ban on fracking.

Chairperson of the activist group, Jamie Murphy, has called it a “very important decision” as the carbon footprint of imported gas is forty four percent worse than that of coal.

According to Mr Murphy, the high court has now recognised that Minister Richard Bruton and his department have questions to answer on how Shannon LNG was included on the PCI list.

Speaking to Shannonside FM, he says although it’s good news, it isn’t over: