Health and fracking conference in London 15th Nov. – email politicians!

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Subject: URGENT: EPA-sponsored Fracking & Health workshop, November 15

Dear …,

Fracking and Health Research Workshop
Friday 15 November 2013, 9am – 5pm
Mary Ward House, 5-7 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9SN,
United Kingdom
http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fracking-and-health-research-workshop-registration-8143281775

I would like to highlight the fact that this event is part sponsored by the Irish Environmental Protection Agency, a body that has commissioned research to help ‘determine best practice guidelines to regulate the shale gas industry in Ireland’ (all their own words).

This same body is immune from proscution under Irish law. For further details, see here:
http://goodenergiesalliance.com/2013/03/03/anti-fracking-gathering-demands-that-government-removes-epa-immunity-from-prosecution-immediately/The Irish campaign stands united in its demands to have this immunity removed and we are highly sceptical and dubious of the merit of any research being commissioned by this body. Their last commissioned report of May 2012 was conducted by the University of Aberdeen, which used examples from the Marcellus Shale in the US (not relevant to the shale plays in Ireland) and data and research from the University of Texas which has since been shown to be flawed. Yet the EPA study has been classified as peer-reviewed. The universities of Aberdeen and Texas are both funded by the biggest ‘players’ in the oil and gas industry.Regarding the event, when we tried to register, we were sent polite replies stating that the event was by invitation ONLY. So 50 – 60 people will attend, cherry picked no doubt to state that if robust regulations are adhered to, then the process of high volume, slick water, horizontal hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) for shale/coal seam gas has been rendered as ‘safe’ as possible. The ‘findings’ from the conference will be published in a scientific journal, which then lends credence to the EPA’s research.For those in Ireland, especially elected representatives and policy and decision makers to whom I am forwarding this mail, please could you find out how much of our taxpayers’ money is being used to fund this conference, and how transparent the ‘findings’ will be.

Following the recent publication of a draft report from Public Health England which concluded that fracking carries low health risks, we are afraid that this event is an industry biased attempt by our pro-unconventional gas governments to ‘whitewash’ the health issues connected to the industry, and to parrot the corporate line of ‘robust’ regulations will minimize health risks to communities”. Nothing short of a ban on HVHF will suffice in Ireland and elsewhere.

Press releases and an email and social media campaign are being organised to highlight this event, both in Ireland and UK. We will forward all related articles and press releases onto yourselves.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you require any further information.

With best regards,
YOUR FULL NAME & ADDRESS

 

 

Health and fracking conference next week in London sponsored by Irish EPA (which is immune from prosecution)

Fracking and Health Research Workshop
Friday 15 November 2013, 9am – 5pm
Mary Ward House, 5-7 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9SN

We  would  like to highlight the fact  that this event is part
sponsored by the Irish Environmental Protection Agency, a body that
has commissioned research to help ‘determine best practice guidelines
to regulate the shale gas industry in Ireland’ (all their own words).
This same body is immune from proscution under Irish law.

For further
details, see here:

http://frackingfreeireland.org/politics-related-info/epa-immunity/

The Irish campaign stands united in its demands to have this immunity
removed and we are highly sceptical and dubious of the merit of any
research being commissioned by this body. Their last commissioned
report was from the University of Aberdeen, which used  examples from
the Marcellus Shale in the US,(not relevant to the shale plays in
Ireland) and data  and research from the University of Texas which has
since been shown to be flawed.  The universities of Aberdeen and Texas
are both funded by the biggest “players” in the oil and gas industry.

Regarding the event, when we tried to register, we were sent polite
emails saying that the event is by invitation ONLY.   50 – 60 people
will attend, cherry picked no doubt to state that if robust
regulations are adhered to, then the process of high volume, slick
water, horizontal fracturing for shale/coal seam gas has been rendered
as “safe” as possible.   The “findings” from the conference will be
published in a scientific journal, which then lends credence to the
EPA’s research.

If you are in London, would a small and peaceful presence outside of
this event be in order?   Safe and healthy fracking is an oxymoron.

For those in Ireland, especially elected representatives and policy
and decision makers to whom I am forwarding this mail, please could
you find out how much of our taxpayers money is being used to fund
this conference, and how transparent  the “findings” will be.  We are
afraid that this is an industry biased  attempt by our pro
unconventional gas Government to “whitewash” the health issues
connected to the industry, and to parrot the corporate line of “robust
regulations will minimize health risks to communities”.
Nothing short of a ban on HVSW horizontal fracturing will suffice in Ireland.

Press releases and an email and social media campaign are being
organised to highlight this event, both in Ireland and UK.    We will
forward all related articles and press releases onto yourselves.

Meg Rybicki
North West Network against Fracking