EIA vote results – 528 in favour, 138 against

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A  disappointing result. Allthough ….. read comment by Geert from Food and Water Watch – Geert – EIA eu vote comment
‘ The fight at EU level is over for now, but the fight at national level is just beginning! You can ask your respective national parliaments and governments to require a mandatory EIA at national level. This will result in a patchwork of different regulations across Europe, complicating life for the operators’

The report was adopted by 528 in favour, 138 against.

There was a genuine conflict of interest in this report as Marian Harkin outlines below. Bird Life did lobby our MEP’s to vote in favour (the report had some good items in it ) and the anti fracking campaign was lobbying the MEP’s to vote against.

Here a few results how the Irish Mep did vote.

Sean Kelly – against
Mairead McGuinness – FG against
Marian Harkin – against. (she  explains the issue below)
Nessa Childers – only acknowledgment

The other Irish MEP’s didn’t respond and didn’t come back to me (despite
request…)

Here are the vote results
Please note the vote of Pat the Cope Gallagher should be rectified into a no vote!! – http://www.votewatch.eu/en/assessment-of-the-effects-of-certain-public-and-private-projects-on-the-environment-draft-legislativ-18.html

vote rsults mepmore on this topic: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/12/eu-shalegas-idUSL6N0M932O20140312
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/mar/12/eu-parliament-shale-gas-environmental-code?CMP=twt_fd

Below some comments:

A quick note regarding the Zanoni report on the assessment of the effects
of certain public and private projects on the environment. As you aware, the
Parliament voted by a narrow enough majority for mandatory EIA assessment on
fracking, however there was a blocking minority in the Council, led I
believe by the Poles, the Czechs, the British and some others. (I don’t know
what Irelands position was but I will put a down a question to the Minister
to check) Unfortunately, in the final agreement between Parliament, Council
and Commission, there is no requirement for a mandatory EIA, that means when
we vote today we vote to accept the complete package or no new legislation
at all.

This is a dilemma as there are some good things in the new legislation
regarding conflict of interest etc but I really believe that environmental
legislation which asks for mandatory EIAs for so many different processes
but not for fracking is poor legislation and I will vote against it.

However, it is also worth noting that there is nothing preventing Member
States i.e. Ireland from introducing a requirement for a mandatory EIA for
fracking. I am unhappy with the final outcome as all the good work of some
in the Parliament has been lost because of the intransigence of the Council.

The battle continues!

Kind regards,

Marian Harkin

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Dear Ineke,

Thank you for your helpful advice received in advance of the vote on the Zanoni Report on Environmental Impact Assessments. Regrettably, the Report was approved with 528 in favour to 135 against.

The Fianna Fáil MEPs discussed the matter prior to the vote and decided to vote against as per your recommendation. Please note that there was an initial problem with recording my vote, but this has been rectified.

In relation to hydraulic fracturing, we believe that mandatory impact assessments should be carried out at all stages from exploration, evaluation and extraction, regardless of the amount involved.

Personally, I wrote in 2011 to the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte and to the Commissioner for the Environment in support of a moratorium on all hydraulic fracturing in the EU until an in depth investigation into the impacts of fracking on the environment and human health is fully known and until proper and robust regulation is developed.

This remains my firm position.

Yours sincerely,

Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP
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Many thanks for getting in touch on such an important issue.  I voted in
favour of mandatory EIAs for all unconventional fossil fuel exploration at a
previous stage of this process.  Thus I will vote against today’s report.

Best regards,
Sean Kelly.
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The report was adopted by 528 in favour, 138 against.
 I know this is not the result you wished for.
 The FG delegation voted against.
 Mairead
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Many thanks for your mail and I would like to acknowledge receipt on behalf
to Nessa Childers MEP.  I will bring your correspondence to Ms. Childers
attention.

Your consideration is appreciated.

Yours sincerely,
Elaine Kennedy
Parliamentary Assistant