Ireland-South MEP criticizes promotion of liquified natural gas terminals

An Ireland-South MEP has criticized the promotion of liquified natural gas terminals.

MEP Mick Wallace claims the European Commission’s National Energy and Climate Plan report recommends the completion of gas infrastructure projects, to give countries access to liquid natural gas.

MEP Mick Wallace claims LNG terminals in Europe are being built to receive fracked shale gas from US sources.

He says this form of extracted fossil fuel is more environmentally damaging than traditional methods of extraction.

A planned LNG terminal in North Kerry has been delayed after the High Court referred a number of questions to the European Court of Justice relating to a five-year extension of planning permission for the project.

Speaking at the Committee for the Environment, Public Health, and Food and Safety, MEP Wallace questioned the motives behind promoting LNG projects.