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"Mr President, I am delighted today that the European Parliament urged Member States not to authorise any new fracking operations in the EU. This call was made on the basis of the precautionary principle and also on the gaps that are identified in EU legislation. We said that we need to take account of the risks and of the negative climate and environmental and biodiversity impacts involved in hydraulic fracturing. Fifty-five percent of the Members of Parliament support that view. And indeed, I have to say I was a little bit surprised to find myself somewhat in conflict with my colleagues in Sligo County Council, which is my own local authority, because yesterday they voted not to ban fracking in their draft development plan, unlike my colleagues in Leitrim County Council. I know it is just a draft plan and perhaps it can be changed. Maybe today’s vote in the European Parliament might have some influence on that outcome."@en1
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