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KEEP the FROGS in and the FRACKERS out
Cast your vote, for our campaign and to get the message out. Strong competition, so every unique vote counts!     http://www.saveourplanetawards.com/ineke-scholte/

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Please read the recommendations from one of our campaigners below and (consider to) vote Let’s Keep the frogs in and the frackers out!
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Fracking Matters Newsletter

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FMN 151

Fracking Matters Newsletter 20-14 (151)

Colreavy call on parties to unite against fracking

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SF

http://www.leitrimobserver.ie/news/local-news/colreavy-calls-on-parties-to-unite-against-fracking-1-6427004 Continue reading

Infrastrata – operation update

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infrastrataWebsite: http://www.infrastrata.co.uk/
infa_operationsupdate_150914 (pdf)

Exploratory drilling can be undertaken under permitted development. The work over a short period will include the construction of an enclosed well site compound within the 3-acre site comprising a fl at stone surface, soil screening, containment bunds and a security fence.

There are three phases in the development process. A brief description and approximate timescales for each phase are as follows:

  • The construction of the wellsite and the improvement of the existing access track – expected to take 5 weeks.
  • The assembly and installation of drilling equipment and facilities and drilling of the exploratory well – expected to take 7 weeks.
  • The well is plugged and abandoned and the wellsite restored and trees replanted.Should oil or gas be encountered InfraStrata would require permission from the Department of the Environment to undertake a longterm test to establish whether the well could produce oil or gas commercially. To re-establish the site or undertake any further development beyond the permitted development stage would require planning permission.

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Peoples Energy Charter

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PEC

Taking it to the Next Level
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GERMANY – KORBACH resolution supported by Green Party Germany

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GOOD NEWS FROM GERMANY
Yesterday, the federal delegate conference of
Germany’s Green-Party (B90/die Grünen) vote for supporting the Korbach Resolution. http://www.resolution-korbach.org/
Briefing note: http://frackingfreeireland.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Briefing-Note-on-Fracking-Korbach-Resolution_FINAL1.pdf

Small article:
https://translate.google.de/translate?sl=de&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=de&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gegen-gasbohren.de%2F2014%2F11%2F22%2Fgruene-bundespartei-positioniert-sich-klar-gegen-fracking%2F&edit-text

Proposed resolution and reasons for application:
https://translate.google.de/translate?sl=de&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=de&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gegen-gasbohren.de%2F2014%2F11%2F22%2Fgruene-bundespartei-positioniert-sich-klar-gegen-fracking%2F&edit-text

SPAIN – bad news for another Spanish ban

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The Constitutional Court in Spain suspended the Catalan law banning fracking. This is the 4th regional banning law that is reversed by the Constitutional Court.
3 former laws of 3 different regions (Cantabria, navarra and La Rioja) had already been reversed. Those 3 directly prohibitted the use of the technique. The central gov had approved a change in a law making decissions on fracking a national competence. And this argument was used by the Constitutional Court to reject the ban.

http://www.europapress.es/catalunya/noticia-tc-suspende-ley-catalana-prohibe-fracking-admitir-recurso-gobierno-20141119185545.html

UK – Natural gas

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Irishman formally becomes EU ambassador to United States

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http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/irishman-formally-becomes-eu-ambassador-to-united-states-1.2006087

Irishman David O’Sullivan has formally taken up his new role as European Union ambassador to the United States after presenting his credentials to president Barack Obama at the White House.

Mr O’Sullivan is only the second ambassador to represent the EU as the position only came into force since the Treaty of Lisbon in 2009.

He succeeded Portuguese diplomat Joao Vale de Almeida in the role and follows in the footsteps of former taoiseach John Bruton who was the EU’s representative to the US from 2004 to 2009.

A native of Dublin and graduate of Trinity College Dublin and the College of Europe in Bruges, Mr O’Sullivan spent almost 35 years at the EU where he was secretary general of the European Commission from 2000 to 2005 and head of cabinet of commission president Romano Prodi and director general for education and training. He was director general of trade from 2005 to 2010 and most recently chief operating officer of the European External Action Service.

He began his career in the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and spent four years at the EU Commission’s delegation in Tokyo.

Mr O’Sullivan announced he had officially taken up his job in Washington with his first message on social media website Twitter.

“Happy to send out my 1st tweet as EU Ambassador to the US after having presented my credentials to @BarackObama @WhiteHouse today,” he wrote in the message.

Among the highest priority items in his new job are the negotiations aimed at securing a trade agreement between the EU and US, known officially as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership or TTIP, which has been the subject of seven rounds of talks.

Mr O’Sullivan said in his presentation of credentials letter to Mr Obama that “in these testing times the transatlantic relationship remains a solid bedrock.” He described the potential trade deal as a “once in a generation opportunity to strengthen the greatest economic corridor in the world and give a significant boost to global trade.”

He noted the strong cooperation between the EU and US on other pressing issues including Ukraine and the Iran nuclear negotiations.

“Through my professional life I have had the opportunity to contribute to building a unified, prosperous and outward-looking union,” he wrote in the letter to Mr Obama.

“The United States has been a close friend of the EU since its origins as the Coal and Steel Community over six decades ago. Reforms on the EU side have led to more unity and coherence as a global actor and partner for the United States.

“As a beneficiary and coherence of that legacy, I am mindful of my responsibi