Fracking petition, debate and a cry of ‘liars and thieves’

A delegation of concerned residents – accompanied by the Grim Reaper – travelled to Stormont this morning to present a petition of over 2800 signatures opposed to ‘fracking’ ahead of Green Party MLA Steven Agnew’s motion proposing a moratorium in Northern Ireland on the gas drilling process.

No Fracking petition outside Parliament Buildings

Update – Members of the Assembly backed a call for a moratorium on onshore and offshore exploration and the withdrawal of licences by 49 votes to 30, though the BBC notes that “Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said the motion was flawed as no licences for fracking had been issued”.

In other news – and unconnected with the fracking – a heckle of

liars and thieves

from the public gallery caused a brief suspension of Assembly business while the guilty party – associated with the Occupy Belfast group – was “removed by three security menand arrested but “not held in custody“.

Occupy Belfast facebook post about NI Assembly heckled protect

(quite a debate building up on Occupy Belfast’s Facebook thread)

Alan Meban. Normally to be found blogging over at Alan in Belfast where you’ll find an irregular set of postings, weaving an intricate pattern around a diverse set of subjects. Comment on cinema, books, technology and the occasional rant about life. On Slugger, the posts will mainly be about political events and processes. Tweets as @alaninbelfast.