Shale Gas Bulletin Ireland – . Majority of MEPs support fracking moratorium in symbolic vote

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1. Majority of MEPs support fracking moratorium in symbolic vote

For the first time, a majority of MEPs (338 to 319) has voted in favour of an immediate moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in Europe in view of its “risks and negative consequences for the climate, the environment, and public health.” The MEPs voted in support of Amendment 1 to the Energy Security Strategy report.

However, as the final report as a whole was not adopted, the moratorium on “any new operations involving the exploration or extraction of unconventional fuels within the EU until this is proven to be safe for the environment, citizens, and workers” will not take effect.

While some pro-fracking groups in the European Parliament voted against the amendment and the report as a whole, the European United Left – Nordic Green Left group (GUE/NGL), which voted for the fracking moratorium, opposed the final report on the grounds that it “underlined the importance of nuclear energy” and “moves in the same direction as neoliberal policies.”

The votes of Irish MEPs on the fracking moratorium amendment were as follows:

  • For: Boylan (SF), Carthy (SF), Flanagan (Ind), Harkin (Ind), Ni Riada (SF)
  • Against: Childers (Ind), Clune (FG), Hayes (FG), McGuinness (FG), Kelly (FG)
  • Absent: Crowley (FF)
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Energy debate

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This is the transcript of the debate below. A record as to what way senators actually voted on this amendment needs to be established first. It appears that the senators might have voted electronically on this amendment, The Government doesn’t have a majority in the Seanad/Senate, so on a vote like this it should be easier to have a ban on fracking passed in the Seanad than in the Dáil.
FOR FRACKING SCROLL DOWN, SECTION 7

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Government reject SF amendment to Ban Fracking – Reilly

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Government reject SF amendment to Ban Fracking – Reilly

http://www.sinnfein.ie/contents/35532

1 July, 2015 – by Kathryn Reilly


This evening during the debate on the Petroleum (Exploration and Extraction) Safety (Amendment) Bill 2015 in the Seanad, Sinn Féin Senator Kathryn Reilly called on the government to accept a Sinn Féin amendment that: “A petroleum undertaking shall not use unconventional methods of gas exploration or extraction.” This was to ban the use of unconventional methods of gas exploration or extraction (Fracking) in Ireland. The amendment was voted down by government senators.

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How the search for shale gas is exposing cracks in Denmark’s showcase democracy

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Please pass on to anyone still under the illusion that this industry can be regulated.
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
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Fracking with the Happy People

How the search for shale gas is exposing cracks in Denmark’s showcase democracy

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We are used to hearing about multinational corporations manipulating political systems in the global South to eke out ever more profits from often damaging activities. Current examples include that of Enel-Endesa forcing the  El Quimbo megadam onto Colombia by pushing for an increasingly toothless environmental license regime; or Glencore-Xstrata contracting with the Peruvian police to violently repress protesters calling out the pollution linked to the corporation’s Tintaya and Antapaccay mines.

We are less used to stories of corporations deploying similar tactics of cooption and power grabbing in  societies considered the richest and most developed on the planet – such as my country of origin, Denmark. Recurrently praised as home to some of the ‘happiest people in the world’, largely owing to its strong public sector and relative economic equality, this is a country that seems to add substance to the idea of representative democracy as the prime form of modern governance. These past weeks, the country has been captivated in the principal dramatisation of this mythical assertion: the rite of general elections.

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Basque country bans fracking

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Basque country bans fracking
Some Spanish and Basque media reports that the regional parliament in the Basque country in Spain banned fracking.

http://www.iagua.es/noticias/espana/ep/15/06/30/aprobada-ley-que-prohibe-e-fracking-pais-vasco

http://www.elcorreo.com/bizkaia/sociedad/201506/30/aprobada-impedira-fracking-pais-20150630105044.html

100,000 signatures against fracking were collected and a Citizen’s initiative was handed over to the Basque regional parliament.
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Shale gas stakeholders divided over EU guidelines

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Shale gas stakeholders divided over EU guidelines

https://www.theparliamentmagazine.eu/articles/eu-monitoring/shale-gas-stakeholders-divided-over-eu-guidelines

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the stakeholders’ event was recorded and the link to the recording is uploaded on this webpage:  http://ec.europa.eu/environment/integration/energy/unconventional_en.htm

I highly recommend the presentation of the preliminary findings of the study on environmental impacts and risks of other unconventional fossil fuels beyond shale gas– by AMEC http://ec.europa.eu/environment/integration/energy/pdf/Stakeholders%20event%202015%20agenda.pdf

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Written by Dods EU Monitoring on 6 July 2015 in EU Monitoring

A European commission meeting on the future of shale gas in the EU has looked at union guidelines on environmental protection for fracking projects.

In a meeting organised by the European commission on Monday 29 June, stakeholders were invited to provide their views on the effectiveness of the EU recommendation on shale gas. The aim of the meeting was to assist the EU executive in reviewing the non-binding guidelines it set in January 2014 on environmental protection for fracking projects so as to decide whether further measures are needed.

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TTIP – ALL MEPS VOTES

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TTIP – ALL MEPS VOTES
The full text is now out => European Parliament resolution of 8 July 2015 containing the European Parliament’s recommendations to the European Commission on the negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do…

The VoteWatch analysis is also out => Negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – VoteWatch Europe
http://www.votewatch.eu/…/term8-negotiations-for-the-transa…

It lists every MEP and you can see what they voted, filtered per member state or group. You easily see who was loyal to their group position and who wasn’t. The only Irish MEPs voting in favour for this resolution were the four FG deputies.

Here an article by FFII.org => EU Parliament resolution on TTIP is a diplomatic blunder
https://blog.ffii.org/eu-parliament-resolution-on-ttip-is-…/

You can help to enhance the pressure on the EU Commission.
Be part of more than 2.3 million European citizens who support the Stop TTIP campaign.
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 European Parliament resolution of 8 July 2015 containing the European Parliament’s recommendations to the European Commission on the negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) (2014/2228(INI))
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GOLD RUSH in NI?? – planning permission sought in 2016

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Dalradian pursues dream of gold rush in Northern Ireland

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/310befa8-265a-11e5-9c4e-a775d2b173ca.html

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1. Dalradian map (Curraghinalt): 
http://www.dalradian.com/tyrone-project/curraghinalt-deposit/ 
2. Troubling map from The Independent (gold seems to be all over the 
place): http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/map-reveals-new-gold-concentrations-in-ireland-29697553.html 

And this about gold mining and water pollution: 
http://nodirtygold.earthworksaction.org/impacts/water#.VaE5nl9VhuA

gold map gold - cross section  gold drilled areagold - water pollution

 

James Wilson

Rain envelops the helicopter as it banks over the Sperrin Mountains and few landmarks can be identified in the green Northern Ireland countryside below. But Patrick Anderson is in no doubt about what he sees through the mist: potential for one of the best gold mines in the world.

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