Independent TD Mick Wallace against development of Shannon LNG terminal

Independent TD, Mick Wallace, has raised concerns in the Dáil about the environmental repercussions of the proposed Shannon LNG terminal in North Kerry.

Deputy Higgins said fracked gas is the dirtiest type of fuel.

Planning permission was granted in 2008 for the €500 million project on the Tarbert Ballylongford landbank, however it’s been beset by delays.

Last August it was revealed that the US based company, New Fortress Energy, is to develop the liquified natural gas terminal with work on the terminal expected to begin shortly.

However there are growing concerns about the environmental implications of fracking gas.

Deputy Mick Wallace told the Dáil that fracked gas is the dirtiest type of fuel.

He said that over a 20-year period, liquid natural gas is dirtier than coal and diesel oil in terms of greenhouse gas emissions per unit of energy produced.

Minister of State responsible for Climate Action and Environment, Sean Canney told the Dáil that while he agrees that we need to move away from fossil fuels to a cleaner society, there is a need for a secure supply of natural gas right now.

Meanwhile the judicial review of An Bord Pleanala’s decision to give the developers a further five years to build the terminal comes before the High Court today.

The Friends of the Irish Environment have brought the judicial review, and say opponents of the terminal are planning to gather outside the High Court this morning.