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Exclusive: Anti-Fracking Filmmaker Josh Fox Arrested In Finger Lakes Protest

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Exclusive: Anti-Fracking Filmmaker Josh Fox Arrested In Finger Lakes Protest

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/05/13/exclusive-anti-fracking-filmmaker-josh-fox-arrested-in-finger-lakes-protest.html?via=desktop&source=twitter

The creator of the award-winning film ‘Gasland’ was just arrested at a protest in rural New York. Here’s the mini-documentary he made on the eve of his arrest.

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Josh Fox, who wrote and directed the acclaimed fracking film Gasland, was arrested this afternoon while engaging in a human barricade at a natural-gas storage facility in the Finger Lakes.

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Moratorium vote EU – update + Press release

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Hi there,

Just wanted to share a bit more news about the results of last week’s vote on a fracking moratorium in the Parliament’s Industry Committee. Please read my blog for more details:
30 votes in favour means that at least the social-democrat group S&D, the Greens, the left-wing GUE and the Italian 5-star MEPs voted in favour of the fracking moratorium amendment. I am particularly pleased that (most of) the S&D MEPs seem to be turning against fracking. Maybe the liberal ALDE group also supported the amendment … I am still trying to find out.
As for the individual votes of MEPs, there was no roll-call. So, there is no way of knowing who voted in favour or against. Which is really too bad … will try to make sure that this will happen next time for sure. I am told that it is rather unusual to have roll-call votes at the level of the EP committees.
We were also ‘lucky’ in the sense that all 3 UK MEPs (Labour, UKIP and Conservative) were not present to vote, as they would have all voted against the amendment.
Nevertheless, none of the dozen amendments, introduced by right-wing MEPs, got a majority … which really shows that the Parliament is not buying the idea that ‘indigenous energy sources’ like shale gas can help the EU to achieve better ‘energy security’.

I am also happy that more than 700 people used our online action on this vote … I am sure that this caught the attention of some MEPs at least. See the thank you message below that was sent to our online supporters.
One last thing: our press release , which Geraldine already circulated.

Fracking the poor – new report

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We hear about the so-called ‘shaleionnaires’ … landowners in the US who got rich, because they were ‘lucky’ enough to get fracked.
It needs to be said that this is the exception rather than the rule: Most fracking in the US happens in rural areas, where a lot of poor people live … with few economic opportunities. Who have a hard time to say no when the oil & gas industry knocks on their door and promises millions of $$.
Attached is some new peer-reviewed research that actually looks into this issue. Here is their conclusion:
  • The main finding of our research is that unconventional gas wells are disproportionately located in the communities with environmental justice concerns in one state. Results consistently indicated that census tracts with potential exposure to pollution from unconventional wells have significantly higher percent of poor population in Pennsylvania. Our results confirm previous environmental justice studies and indicate that the poor are the most affected population group.
 
A shale gas boom may bring some (short-lived) economic activity to an area, but that does not mean that everybody will be better off after the fracking activity leaves town. It may even be the case that rural poverty is a pre-condition to enable large-scale fracking.
 
A campaigner:
why did New York state ban fracking? And Pennsylvania did not? Because NY state does not have the same levels of rural poverty, as one can see in Pennsylvania. That is my guess. When speaking to some MEPs who went on a recent shale gas mission to the Pennsylvania, they told me that they were shocked by the levels of poverty in these fracked rural areas, with e.g. a lot of people living in trailers.
 

John O connors Fort Chipewyan duties suddenly terminated + update by Jessica Ernst

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Update: http://www.ernstversusencana.ca/dr-john-oconnor-fired-why-alberta-tarsands-industry-and-prentice-harper-government-spite-get-rid-of-oconnor-before-the-long-awaited-tarsands-harm-health-study-begins

http://www.fortmcmurraytoday.com/2015/05/10/john-oconnors-fort-chipewyan-duties-suddenly-terminated

After 15 years, Dr. John O’Connor has been told his medical services are no longer needed in Fort Chipewyan.

On Friday evening, the famous doctor was told by the northern hamlet’s Nunee Health Authority that his consulting services would be coming to an end. Two other doctors – “They’re really good physicians,” he says – will continue his role.

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McHugh in favor of EPA report on the effects of fracking

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McHugh in favor of EPA report on the effects of fracking

http://oceanfm.ie/2014/09/23/mchugh-in-favor-of-epa-report-on-the-effects-of-fracking/

The Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Natural Resources is defending an EPA report currently being conducted into the effects of fracking on the environment in the Northwest.

Joe McHugh was present at a meeting of Leitrim and Cavan County Councillors yesterday, where opposition to hydraulic fracturing was highlighted to Energy Minister Alex White.

Fears over the comprehensiveness of the EPA report were outlined when it was made clear that no decision regarding the future of fracking in the Northwest would be made until after the results of the study were published – a process that could take in the region of 2 years.

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Trojan horse – Councillor Mary Bohan, Fianna Fáil, motion on the Agenda of a meeting of Leitrim County Council on Monday, 11th of May

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Motion from Cllr Mary Bohan, FF, at a meeting today (Mon, 11th of May) of Leitrim County Council at 11am in Bredagh Old Schoolhouse, Carrigallen, is in conflict with the ban on UGEE in the Leitrim County Development Plan and the recently stated policy
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THE TROJAN HORSE!!!
‘The motion should be withdrawn completely at this stage. The first part of the motion, despite being factually correct, is being used as a Trojan horse in order to get the second part through.’

Councillor Mary Bohan, Fianna Fáil, motion on the Agenda of a meeting of Leitrim County Council on Monday, 11th of May at 11am in Bredagh Old School, adjacent to Carrigallen Church of Ireland, Carrigallen, Co. Leitrim:

I propose

(a) vote of no confidence in CDM Consortium of researchers appointed by the EPA to carry out the research in relation to fracking.

(b) I further call that Leitrim County Council calls on the Minister of Health and the Taoiseach in the interests of public health to have this research carried out by the Department of Health Chief Medical Officer.

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