Alex White, stop the study
A company called CDM Smith, with strong links to the fracking industry, is leading government sponsored research that’s likely to result in fracking being allowed in Ireland.
CDM Smith have not declared any conflict of interest and plans have been scrapped to present the initial findings of the research at a public meeting. And now Queen’s University have confirmed that they’re not involved in the study despite being named as a partner and centrally involved in reviewing the research.
Objective science and research is very important when it comes to deciding policy. But the questions circling around this research project all underline the fear that it’s neither objective nor independent and will fail to address the health concerns of the public.
If fracking gets the go-ahead because of this questionable research it will be practically impossible to stop this controversial and dirty industry from getting a foothold in Ireland – so we need to get to the bottom of what’s going on before it’s too late. If thousands of us sign this petition, Alex White will feel the pressure and will have to explain away why the research should be allowed to proceed.
Call on Alex White, the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources to stop the research because there are too many unanswered questions and doubts about its objectivity.
 Extract from FOI question response ‘The University is not part of the consortium specified above and is not involved with the UGEE project. The University’s involvement in this area was limited to the provision of consultancy during the initial tender stage.’
- A conflict of interest is a set of circumstances that creates a risk that professional judgment or actions regarding a primary interest will be unduly influenced by a secondary interest.
- Map of Fracking Zones Ireland http://frackingfreeireland.org/info-to-download/maps/