Fracking Free Election – Frack Free Europe Campaigns

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At present we have two campaigns for the upcoming elections.
Fracking Free Election Campaign (local) – Frack Free Europe (EU/MEP)

Below a template press release for both campaigns and the press release from Friends of the Earth.

Find out if your local politicians signed the pledge
   “I support a Fracking Free Ireland.  If elected, I will work to ensure that fracking is not permitted in my area.”

Find out if your MEP signed the declaration: No to Fracking, No to TTIP

Template press release for Local and EU elections
2904 PR template pdf
2904 PR template word doc.

PRESS RELEASE    29 April 2014

 [GROUP NAME] supports “Fracking Free” election candidates

                                              [Group name and contact details
In the runup to the local and European elections, to be held on Friday, 23 May 2014,[Group name] is proud to announce its participation in two campaigns in support of “Fracking Free” candidates

guaranteed ff bevel 1Local Elections: “Fracking Free Election Campaign”, launched by Friends of the Earth Ireland on 29 April 2014. This campaign asks all local election candidates to take the “Fracking Free Ireland” pledge: “I support a Fracking Free Ireland. If elected, I will work to ensure that fracking is not permitted in my area.”  http://www.foe.ie/takeaction/fracking-free-election-campaign/

FFEEuropean elections: International “Frack-Free Europe” campaign, launched by the Euro-Maghreb Network on 11 April 2014. This campaign asks MEPs and candidates in the European elections to commit to supporting a range of measures including a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in Europe and the introduction of strict regulation specific to unconventional fossil fuel extraction.

http://frackingfreeireland.org/2014/04/23/european-elactions-mepcandidates-position-on-fracking/
http://frackfreeeurope.wordpress.com/frack-free-europe-candidates/

[Group name] urges all of its supporters and everyone who wants to keep Ireland fracking free to contact the candidates for their constituency and request that they commit to “Fracking Free” policies.

 >>>Add a quote about the importance of the campaign by a member of the group here <<<

 For more information

Fracking Free Election Campaign                                 Frack-Free Europe Campaign
(local elections)                                                           (European elections)
Kate Ruddock, Policy and Campaigns Manager             Irish Coordinator:
Friends of the Earth                                                     Ineke Scholte,
+353-1-6394652                                                          Fracking Free Ireland
kate@foe.ie                                                                info@frackingfreeireland.org
www.foe.ie                                                                  www.frackingfreeireland.org


PRESS RELEASE
Friends of the Earth

For immediate release

29th April 2014

Friends of the Earth launches the
Fracking Free Ireland Campaign for the Local Elections

Today, 29th April 2014, Friends of the Earth launches the Fracking Free Ireland campaign for the local elections. In the run up to polling day to be held on May 23rd, candidates are being asked to take the ‘Fracking Free Ireland Pledge’ which calls for a commitment to oppose the development of this controversial fossil fuel extraction industry in Ireland.

The Pledge simply states,

        “I support a Fracking Free Ireland.  If elected, I will work to ensure that fracking is not permitted in my area.”

Kate Ruddock, Policy and Campaigns Officer at Friends of the Earth said,

   ‘as voters concerned about the environment, the most important thing we can do right now is to vote for a candidate who pledges to make protection of the environment a priority.  We are asking candidates to commit to working to ensure that this dangerous, toxic and climate-polluting industry is not permitted in their areas by signing this pledge’

 Members of the public will be facilitated in contacting their local candidates to seek their views on fracking in Ireland and will be able to identify candidates who have committed to the Fracking Free Ireland pledge on the Friends of the Earth website.

Kate Ruddock continued

‘we are lucky in Ireland that we do not yet have commercial extraction of fossil fuels from fracking, however, the Irish government is considering proposals from two companies that would involve hydraulic fracturing to extract gas onshore in areas of rural Ireland.  If these projects go ahead, these areas would be irrevocably damaged, as would their existing farming and tourism sectors.  There is no place for this dirty carbon intensive industry in our transition to a low carbon future for Ireland.

In addition, the International “Frack-Free Europe” campaign was launched by the Euro-Maghreb Network this month.  This campaign asks Members of the European Parliament and candidates in the European elections to commit to supporting a range of measures including a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in Europe and the introduction of strict regulation specific to unconventional fossil fuel extraction.

ENDS

Notes:

This campaign has been launched in combination with Keep Ireland Fracking Free and No Fracking Dublin.

For more information on local anti fracking groups in Ireland, click here.

For more information contact
Kate Ruddock, Policy and Campaigns Manager, Friends of the Earth
Kate@foe.ie


Kate Ruddock

Policy and Campaigns Manager

Friends of the Earth
9 Upper Mount Street
Dublin 2
Ireland

+353-1-6394652
www.foe.ie

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