Posted by: Dr. Breffni Lennon | September 29, 2012

Mark Hennessy: Battles over wind farms may be just the prelude to more bitter conflict as fracking spreads

Writing in yesterday’s Irish Times, Mark Hennessy quite rightly suggests that recent debates in the UK over the merits (or otherwise) of the controversial practice of  fracking will most likely be replicated here in Ireland. With shale gas expected to form a significant part of the energy mix for both countries in the immediate future it is interesting that public debates here in Ireland have remained somewhat muted. Josh Fox’s 2010 film Gasland has been a significant voice on the subject especially those concerning those experiences in North America, where the practice is already well-established. Ireland’s continuing economic crisis cannot be used by those in power to ignore the issue and I for one would welcome a debate on the matter.

Mark Hennessy’s article can be accessed here.





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