As the High Court prepares to hear a Judicial Review next week on the Shannon liquified natural gas’s planning permission, campaigners against the terminal on the Shannon Estuary are hosting an awareness-raising event in Galway.
Members of Futureproof Clare, a volunteer-run campaign group that is not linked to any political party, will be in the Galway Arts Centre tomorrow [Friday January 25] at 7.30pm to give their view on why they believe the Shannon LNG will affect people living in the Western region and the implications for climate change. The event is hosted by the Galway Feminist Collective.
The huge gas import terminal proposed for the Shannon Estuary would import fracked shale gas from the US. This, campaigners believe, would lock Ireland and the EU into using climate-polluting fracked gas from the US for decades, and thereby contribute to pushing the planet closer to runaway climate change. Campaigners from County Clare argue that the Shannon LNG would be damaging to health, the environment, tourism, and move Ireland away from renewable energy and leave the State facing major EU fines.
“This will be an information evening for those wanting to know more about the Government's plans to build multiple liquified natural gas terminals off the coast of Ireland, starting as early as March 2019," said Aine Treanor of Galway Feminist Collective. "When we need to be investing in renewable and green alternatives, the Government is locking us into a future of fossil fuel extraction and climate catastrophe. We need to take urgent action to create the future we want, and stopping Shannon LNG needs to be a priority for all of us, not just the people of Clare."