Belfast Telegraph

Monday 31 August 2015

Flooding raises threat levels around fracking

Published 09/01/2014

I AM sure your readers are as grateful as I am that Northern Ireland largely escaped some potentially horrible flooding. Sadly, for those living in flood-prone areas, concerns over their future remains.

Sadly, the residents of Colorado last September where not so fortunate. While the mainstream media reported the typical flood damage, the internet was awash with photographs of flooded oil and gas fracking sites.

This has proved to be a concern that will remain with the community long after the waters have been cleaned up.

I think we are all aware that flooding is not an unexpected event in Northern Ireland. What safeguards will be put in place to ensure that farmland remains pristine if a nearby fracking site floods?

DAWN BOURKE

Newtownabbey, Co Antrim

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