The FG Gov’s Dirty Deal Behind Our #Fracking Ban
The FG Gov’s Dirty Deal Behind Our #Fracking Ban
“Ireland is an excellent location to receive global LNG supplies”
So here’s the dirty part of the deal that FG and their buddies in the oil and gas industry don’t want us to talk about.
We get an onshore ban on #fracking and in return we become a gateway terminal at Shannon for fracked gas from Trump’s U.S of A.
Nice deal eh? Are we happy with that?
There is no way we can or should ever accept fuel from the #Fracking industry in the U.S. or anywhere else – we want this industry shut down everywhere.
We will not be bought off with an onshore ban to prop up this criminal, destructive industry in the U.S. The industry that ignored and violently attacked the indigenous people of Standing Rock, North Dakota for simply trying to protect their water by resisting a pipeline which would carry fracked oil from the Bakken Shale.
We must organise and resist plans by this government and the #fracking industry to build a filthy anddangerous LNG plant in Shannon. We will not allow FG to prop up the U.S. fracking industry on the backs of misery and destruction to so.many communities all over the U.S.
Only a week before we knew we would secure our onshore ban Minister for Climate Action Denis Naughten was all ready out on social media telling us that because of Brexit we need to secure or energy future by turning Shannon into a fracked gas importation hub – scaremongering bullshit.
Who is behind this?
“Accounts for Shannon LNG filed with the Companies Office state that Sambolo Resources is controlled by its directors, who separate accounts for Sambolo list as Paddy Power and John Power, both of Monkstown in Dublin. It is understood that PwC is now advising Sambolo on fresh efforts to secure a financial sponsor to develop the Kerry site, which have gained traction as a result of Brexit.”
Thankyou to Food and Water Watch Europe for being on the ball with this.
P.S. we also must work to extend our ban to include offshore.
No fracking in Ireland – but what about importing fracked gas?
“While Ireland voted in favour of fully divesting from fossil fuels earlier this year, the Parliament takes another important step further with today’s fracking ban. Grassroots movements and other organizations as well as individuals fought hard for this victory to protect the health of Irish citizens, Irish water, the environment and the global climate.
No need for Shannon LNG in Ireland
It will be crucial to see how Irish plans concerning their gas supply will now develop. Since at least 2006, there have been plans to build an LNG terminal in the country. Until now, construction of the terminal, supposed to re-gasify liquefied gas shipped to the Island from all over the world, has been delayed several times. The Shannon LNG Terminal should have a final maximum regasification capacity of 10 billion cubic meters (bcm) per year. Between 2010 and 2015, Irish gas demand dropped by nearly 20%, leaving the country with about 4.5 bcm of yearly gas demand according to Eurostat. The planned import capacity of 10 bcm per year would therefore be twice higher than what Ireland consumes.
Fracked gas for Shannon LNG contrary to climate targets, human and environmental health
With the Dail’s decision to ban fracking, the Shannon project is even less justifiable than before: The terminal is supposed to receive not only gas from the east through the Suez Canal and from the north from Norway, but also U.S. gas from the Gulf of Mexico.
Due to its important methane emissions, shale gas is significantly worse for the climate than conventional gas and, according to the scientific community, even comparable to coal. Its extraction has serious impacts on water, air and surrounding communities.
The EU-COM/Ecorys Trade Sustainability Impact Assessment report on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) highlights for example that “there are, however, some public concerns about the environmental aspects of shale gas production, such as methane leakages, with shale gas likely to form a proportion of the LNG exported from the U.S”. The report also points out that the expansion of U.S. LNG imports could harm human and environmental health and stimulate fracking in the U.S. Finally, it refers to the EIA 2015 Annual energy outlook, stating that emissions of methane along the supply chain will dent the environmental credentials of gas unless action is taken to tackle these leaks.
Moreover, it’s not even sure that the U.S. will be capable of exporting as much LNG as some hope. The Industrial Energy Consumers of America have already reached out to U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, calling for a U.S. LNG export moratorium.
Building such a terminal with the purpose of importing climate-altering fracked gas while at the same time forbidding the harmful method of fracking on its own territory is irresponsible and would undo the great signals Irish policy decisions have been sending out recently. We will closely watch the next steps taken with regard to this project.
The Irish should keep up the positive momentum and truly gain independence from fossil fuels. They, and others, should clearly show Trump that they despise his actions and that fracked American gas is not wanted and needed in Europe.”