Northern Ireland needs the Executive to form a clear “for or against” policy on fracking, David McNarry has said.
The UKIP Leader in Northern Ireland was commenting following a decision to revoke Tamboran’s fracking licence in Co Fermanagh.
The company had been granted a licence to drill for shale gas in 2011 with three years to confirm whether it would proceed or not.
On Tuesday minister Arlene Foster announced that, as the company had not notified the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment with its decision by the deadline, she was terminating its licence.
Mr McNarry said we were “embarrassingly inadequate” at generating revenue from our own energy resources. He added: “Ministerial decisions against exploration are poor judgments. Rejecting local energy security for a least the next 50 years and all its attached economic benefits is an irresponsible abdication by those ministers of their responsibilities. They have caved in too willingly to bullying, scare mongering tactics by vociferous vacuous protestors.”