Once it is broken it can't be fixed

Fracking Ireland News Alert - issue 3

Thursday 11September 2014

straight from the Fracking Free Ireland news desk

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Dear all,

A short newsletter but it is busy anti-fracking time!

Take action: (see below)
write/email/text/phone Leitrim County Councillors, before Monday 15 September
                                          &
join the peaceful protest. Let your voice be heard on Monday 15 September 10.30

Keep the Ban in the Development Plan.

We shouldn't give in, that is what I learned from the Shell to Sea campaign. Other countries/counties can keep their ban, so we can!  Listen to the minister of NOVA SCOTIA:

where minister Young says that the Nova Scotian public has “overwhelmingly expressed concern” in fracking, and that government leaders “need to respect that.”

“We need to respect the trust the people have put in us,” he said.
read more: http://frackingfreeireland.org/2014/09/05/nova-scotia-fracking-prohibited/

Are our politicians/councillors trustworthy, will they stick to their vote? Let's remind them!

We can Keep Ireland Fracking Free ..... with your help

Ineke

Keep the FRACKERS and the  website HACKERS  out. Please DONATE ( paypal button on the right of the website http://frackingfreeireland.org/. 

and/or TAKE ACTION  we need your help!!

Thanks,

Team Fracking Free Ireland

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Protest Monday 15 Sept, Carrick-on-Shannon 10.30 Council office

Lock the gate................before it is too late

Protect our Coast and Glens. Lock the gate information evening15 September at 19:00The Windrose in Carrickfergus

TAKE ACTION

Take action – contact Leitrim Co. Councillors – KEEP THE BAN IN THE DEVELOPMENT PLAN – - protest Monday

Posted on September 10, 2014

It seems Leitrim Co Co want to water down ban on fracking to be inserted in county development plan. The new policy 124 will wide open the door for fracking.

We have to stop this and take action to ensure this will not happen, which we believe is
undemocratic and actually against council regulations. (see Planning and Development Act 2000 below/scroll down)

• Protest Monday 15 Sept, Carrick-on-Shannon 10.30 Council office
         and

• do contact the Leitrim Co. councillors

WRITE/EMAIL/TEXT/PHONE
                        and
ASK THEM NOT TO REMOVE OR CHANGE THE PRESENT BAN ON FRACKING INCLUDED IN THE DRAFT LEITRIM COUNTY DEVELOPMENT PLAN.

Our position is simple Shout it loud and clear - No Fracking Here
NO CHANGING POLICY 124 - KEEP THE BAN IN THE DEVELOPMENT PLAN
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ADDRESSES AND PHONE NUMBERS OF COUNCILLORS:

orourke_paddy@eircom.net; sineadguckian@leitrimcoco.ie; farmstrong@leitrimcoco.ie; seadhnalogan@gmail.com;smcgowan@leitrimcoco.ie; estenson@leitrimcoco.ie; dgucks@yahoo.com; jmccartin@eircom.net; dolan_gerard@eircom.net;
elliscaillian@gmail.com; sinnfeinliatroma@eircom.net; brendan.barry1@yahoo.com; jwarnock@leitrimcoco.ie; comarybohan@eircom.net; mcdermott_sean@eircom.net;
frankdolan03@eircom.net; padraigfallonsf@gmail.com; fgurn@leitrimcoco.ie

Phone numbers - please don't be shy in calling them, it is extremely important that they get this message loud and clear before the morning of Monday the 15th September.

(087) 2930415 - PADDY O'ROURKE (FF)
(086) 8278199 - SINEAD GUCKIAN (FF)
(086) 3169754 - FINOLA ARMSTRONG MAGUIRE (FG)
(087) 9025119 - Séadhna Logan (S.F.)
(071) 9638501 - S McGowan (FF)
(071) 9631574 - E Stenson (IND)
(071) 9638397 - Des Guckian (IND)
(049) 4333960 - John McCartin (FG)
(071) 9644200 - Caillian Ellis (FF)
(087) 6528318 - Martin Kenny (SF)
(087) 6335513 - Brendan Barry (SF)
(087) 9819180 - Justin Warnock (FF)
(071) 9648001/9845565 - Mary Bohan (FF)
(071) 9855549 - Sean McDermott (FG)
(087) 6360133 - Frank Dolan (FG)
(087) 2808925 - Padraig Fallon (SF)
(086)2233622 - Felim Gurn (Ind)
(071) 9641278 - Gerry Dolan (IND)

SOURCE:  NO FRACKING IRELAND

 

DIRTY TRICKS IN PROGRESS TO WATER DOWN THE FRACKING BAN IN LEITRIM
COUNTY DEVELOPMENT PLAN.


PROTEST AND CANVASS OF COUNCILLORS AT 10:30 AM ON MONDAY 15th
SEPTEMBER, LEITRIM COUNTY COUNCIL OFFICES, CARRICK-ON-SHANNON.

PLEASE EMAIL / CALL / LOBBY YOUR COUNCILLORS IN ADVANCE OF MONDAY 15th MEETING.

ASK THEM NOT TO REMOVE OR CHANGE THE PRESENT BAN ON FRACKING INCLUDED
IN THE DRAFT LEITRIM COUNTY DEVELOPMENT PLAN.

OUR POSITION IS SIMPLE: NO CHANGING POLICY 124 - KEEP THE BAN IN THE
DEVELOPMENT PLAN



Stand Up Councillors : Represent your People : Protect Your County :
Reject Calls to Change Policy 124 (which prohibits fracking) Which You
Voted For and Passed in January 2014 : Shame On Any Councillor Who Does Not Stand Up for His or Her Constituents By Retaining the Original Policy 124.



FURTHER DETAILS OF THIS SITUATION AND ALL CONTACT DETAILS FOR
COUNCILLORS ARE TO BE FOUND AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS TEXT. YOU CAN DRAW
FROM THE BELOW COMMENTARY IF YOU ARE E-MAILING COUNCILLORS.

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On Tuesday Sept 9th Anti-Fracking campaigners were informed that
Leitrim County Council Officals, some councillors and various others
are attempting to change the wording of a key part of the
anti-fracking policy voted and passed by Leitrim County Council on the
13th of January 2014.

In a nutshell, we are being told that the Minister for Natural
Resources has directed Leitrim Council officials to have the wording
changed from saying that Fracking is 'not permitted' in Leitrim
because of the already existing scientific evidence to saying that
Fracking may be permitted if 'independent research' shows it can be
done safely.

As we know the EPA have commissioned research into fracking. The
government line is 'there will be no fracking until the EPA report
comes out'. The EPA research consortium is being lead by a company who
already work within the fracking industry and so have a very obvious
conflict of interest and a vested interest in fracking going ahead.
Because of this many campaigners feel that the findings of this
research are intended to serve as a rubber stamp for this industry and
to allow the government to refer to a so-called 'independent,
comprehensive' report on fracking detailing how it should be
'regulated' for Ireland. As we all know this industry cannot be made
'safe' through regulation. That is an industry spun myth. On looking
at the framework, terms of reference and language of the EPA's
research outline, one can only conclude that this is an exercise
intended to placate the public's concerns and allow this industry to
proceed.

The OLD Policy 124 voted for and passed by a vast majority of Leitrim
County Council in January 2014: "It is the policy of this Council to
apply the ‘precautionary principle’ to any oil/gas exploration and
extraction projects/operations proposed within the County. Given the
presently available scientific and anecdotal evidence of the
significant dangers of such projects - it is therefore the policy of
Leitrim County Council that unconventional oil/gas exploration and
extraction projects/operations not be permitted within the County of
Leitrim."

The NEW watered down Policy 124 that some councillors, officials and
others are pushing for: "It is the policy of this Council to apply the
‘precautionary principle’ to any Unconventional Oil/Gas Exploration
and Extraction projects/operations (UGEE)[1] proposed within the
County. Unless full and independent scientific research demonstrates
conclusive evidence to and satisfies Leitrim County Council that no
short-term or long-term risks to the environment or human health would
be caused by a UGEE project/operation proposed, it is the policy of
the Council that such a proposal will not be permitted within the
County."

The DIFFERENCE between the two policies? The original, democratically
passed policy acknowledges the growing mountain of damning evidence,
including peer reviewed academic research, that is presently available
as enough justification to apply the precautionary principle and not
permit any operations by this industry in Leitrim. In other words it
means we do not have to wait for an already compromised report,
commissioned in a country (Ireland) where this industry does not
exist, when we already have a series of international expert reports
citing the numerous, multifaceted dangers of fracking.

The NEW policy 124 is a basic restatement of GOVERNMENT POLICY - 'We
will wait for the EPA report'. The OLD policy 124 locks the Gate (in
as much as the council possibly can) to the fracking industry. It is a
clear statement that the industry - should it proceed in Leitrim -
will be working in the absence of any community consent. The NEW
Policy 124 leaves the gate wide open and in reality is useless.

We have been told by someone who was involved in writing this new
policy 124 that the minister has said that if the policy is not
changed then he will 'throw it out' or take legal action against
Leitrim County Council.

We believe the Minister has no legal powers to override the
democratically passed original Policy 124. We believe he is bluffing
and attempting to stampede the Council. We feel this is simply a bully
boy tactic and scaremongering to force public reps to do as he wishes.
Many campaigners have researched this aspect and also believe that it
is possibly against regulations to try and change the wording at this
stage, after there has been public consultation and a democratic vote
in the council. Either way campaigners also believe with regards to
this issue that it would be highly unlikely that the Minister or his
department would go to court and cause a negative (for FG) reaction
surrounding this issue so close to a nearby by-election and an
upcoming general election. It is not unusual for ministers/departments
to make such idle threats to get councils to back down on contentious
issues and do as they demand.

We are demanding that Leitrim Councillors stick by their guns and not
be fooled by this obvious bluffing and legal mumbo jumbo coming from
the Minister and his 'yes men' Council officials and members. We
demand that all councillors who voted for the original Policy 124
fight hard now, on behalf of their constituents to retain the original
Policy 124 wording and reject out of hand the worthless flawed new
version of Policy 124.

Leitrim Council are meeting on Monday 15th to discuss this issue. We
ask that people canvass councillors by phone/email between now and
then - demanding that they simply stand over the original policy voted
on January 13th this year and reject outright any efforts to change
it.

Our original policy obviously holds some clout. Why else would the
Minister want to get rid of it and replace it with a policy that can
be manipulated to suit their plans.

Please also come along on Monday 15th of September at 10.30am to
Leitrim County Council offices in Carrick-on-Shannon to encourage
councillors to stand their ground and not be bluffed/fooled into
undoing all of our hard work in to date.

It is vital we show a strong presence on Monday. Please bring banners,
placards, instruments, fog horns ;) whistles etc etc..

Below you will find contact details for all councillors. it is
important we lobby them hard before Monday's meeting. Let's hope they
do not turn their backs on us. They have come good to date. Now it is
crunch time and we will see what they are really made of. We have no
votes to dangle in front of them this time. However another general
election is looming and we fully intend to hold any party to account
who involve themselves in watering down the original Policy 124.

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Our position is simple

NO CHANGING POLICY 124 - KEEP THE ORIGINAL BAN IN THE DEVELOPMENT PLAN

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ADDRESSES AND PHONE NUMBERS OF COUNCILLORS:

orourke_paddy@eircom.net; sineadguckian@leitrimcoco.ie;
farmstrong@leitrimcoco.ie; seadhnalogan@gmail.com;
smcgowan@leitrimcoco.ie; estenson@leitrimcoco.ie; dgucks@yahoo.com;
jmccartin@eircom.net; dolan_gerard@eircom.net;
elliscaillian@gmail.com; sinnfeinliatroma@eircom.net;
brendan.barry1@yahoo.com; jwarnock@leitrimcoco.ie;
comarybohan@eircom.net; mcdermott_sean@eircom.net;
frankdolan03@eircom.net; padraigfallonsf@gmail.com
fgurn@leitrimcoco.ie

Phone numbers - please don't be shy in calling them, it is extremely
important that they get this message loud and clear before the morning
of Monday the 15th September.

(087) 2930415 - PADDY O'ROURKE (FF)
(086) 8278199 - SINEAD GUCKIAN (FF)
(086) 3169754 - FINOLA ARMSTRONG MAGUIRE (FG)
(087) 9025119 - Séadhna Logan (S.F.)
(071) 9638501 - S McGowan (FF)
(071) 9631574 - E Stenson (IND)
(071) 9638397 - Des Guckian (IND)
(049) 4333960 - John McCartin (FG)
(071) 9644200 - Caillian Ellis (FF)
(087) 6528318 - Martin Kenny (SF)
(087) 6335513 - Brendan Barry (SF)
(087) 9819180 - Justin Warnock (FF)
(071) 9648001/9845565 - Mary Bohan (FF)
(071) 9855549 - Sean McDermott (FG)
(087) 6360133 - Frank Dolan (FG)
(087) 2808925 - Padraig Fallon (SF)
(086)2233622 - Felim Gurn (Ind)
(071) 9641278 - Gerry Dolan (IND)

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(The full txt of the old and new fracking related policies can be read
in comments on this thread -
https://www.facebook.com/groups/146055765467930/?fref=ts )


Leitrim County Development plan – ban on fracking will be watered down?

Posted on September 10, 2014

Background info re Leitrim Co.Co. Development Plan with the original and new text of policy 124 and the old and new draft of the Co. Development Plan.

Planning and Development Act, 2000


Making of development plan

(4) (a) Not later than 22 weeks after giving notice under subsection (1) and, if appropriate, subsection (3), the manager of a planning authority shall prepare a report on any submissions or observations received under subsection (2) or (3) and submit the report to the members of the authority for their consideration.

 

(b) A report under paragraph (a) shall—

 

(i) list the persons or bodies who made submissions or observations under this section,

 

(ii) summarise the issues raised by the persons or bodies in the submissions or observations, and

 

(iii) give the response of the manager to the issues raised, taking account of any directions of the members of the authority or the committee under section 11 (4), the proper planning and sustainable development of the area, the statutory obligations of any local authority in the area and any relevant policies or objectives of the Government or of any Minister of the Government (The Government doesn't have any policies or objectives in relation to Unconventional Gas Exploration and Extraction) and, if appropriate, any observations made by the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands under subsection (3)(b)(iv).

 

(5) (a) The members of a planning authority shall consider the draft plan and the report of the manager under subsection (4).

 

(b) The consideration of a draft plan and the manager's report under paragraph (a) shall be completed within 12 weeks of the submission of the manager's report to the members of the authority.

 

(6) Where, following the consideration of the draft development plan and the manager's report, it appears to the members of the authority that the draft should be accepted or amended, subject to subsection (7), they may, by resolution, accept or amend the draft and make the development plan accordingly.

 

(7) (a) In case the proposed amendment would, if made, be a material alteration ( What is being proposed is a dilution of the ban on UGEE. This is why Leitrim County Council is proposing to have public consultation of the amendment) of the draft concerned, the planning authority shall, not later than 3 weeks after the passing of a resolution under subsection (6), publish notice of the proposed amendment in at least one newspaper circulating in its area.

 

(b) A notice under paragraph (a) shall state that—

 

(i) a copy of the proposed amendment of the draft development plan may be inspected at a stated place and at stated times during a stated period of not less than 4 weeks (and the copy shall be kept available for inspection accordingly), and

 

(ii) written submissions or observations with respect to the proposed amendment of the draft made to the planning authority within the stated period shall be taken into consideration before the making of any amendment.

 

(8) (a) Not later than 8 weeks after giving notice under subsection (7), the manager of a planning authority shall prepare a report on any submissions or observations received under that subsection and submit the report to the members of the authority for their consideration.

 

(b) A report under paragraph (a) shall—

 

(i) list the persons or bodies who made submissions or observations under this section,

 

(ii) summarise the issues raised by the persons or bodies in the submissions,

 

(iii) give the response of the manager to the issues raised, taking account of the directions of the members of the authority or the committee under section 11 (4), the proper planning and sustainable development of the area, the statutory obligations of any local authority in the area and any relevant policies or objectives for the time being of the Government or of any Minister of the Government.

 

(9) (a) The members of a planning authority shall consider the amendment and the report of the manager under subsection (8).

 

(b) The consideration of the amendment and the manager's report under paragraph (a) shall be completed not later than 6 weeks after the submission of the manager's report to the members of the authority.

 

(10) (a) The members of the authority shall, by resolution, having considered the amendment and the manager's report, make the plan with or without the proposed amendment, except that where they decide to accept the amendment they may do so subject to any modifications to the amendment as they consider appropriate.

 

(b) The requirements of subsections (7) to (9) shall not apply in relation to modifications made in accordance with paragraph (a).

 

(11) In making the development plan under subsection (6) or (10), the members shall be restricted to considering the proper planning and sustainable development of the area to which the development plan relates, the statutory obligations of any local authority in the area and any relevant policies or objectives for the time being of the Government or any Minister of the Government.


http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/2000/en/act/pub/0030/sec0012.html#sec12

CAMPAIGN NEWS

Wake up Stormont – Stormont & Carrickfergus Anti-Fracking Demo

Posted on September 9, 2014

 Infrastrata fracking company intend (any day now) to start preparing the site for test drills at Woodburn Forest, Carrickfergus, Antrim. Today a group of campaigners from both sides of the border gathered at Stormont and at the site in Carrickfergus in protest against Infrastrata's plans and the NI executive who are allowing this to happen. We met various MLA's from Green party, Sinn Fein, SDLP and DUP. Including environment minister Mark Durkan who said he was only made aware of Infrastrata's plans to enter Carrickfergus site in the last number of days. There is very little awareness around the situation in Carrickfergus or Belfast, The updated all Ireland leaflet was handed out to the MLA's and we had to explain that fracking is an all Ireland/global issue and has no borders. We hope to continue over the coming weeks to support campaigners in Belfast etc.. in highlighting the situation and preventing Infrastrata from progressing any further in the licensing process.

 

'It was a wonderfull very long 'anti -fracking-family-schooltrip feeling' day out. Leaving at 6 am. in the morning, home at 10 pm. 24 people went by bus to Stormont, spoke to politicians, made their voices heard and visible. Up to Carrickfergus Castle where Arlene Foster joined William III. The bus drove us to the potential fracking pad, where we grasped blackberries before they are fracked.... We had a short 'awareness raising-beep the horn' demonstration at the road near the woodburn water reservoir, cars slowed down. This area is pretty remote and needs NO FRACKING signs. We did see only one!
The busdriver was willing to bring us to the Belcoo's Gates of Hell and Gates of Heaven. The gates are locked, protected by Tamboran's cameras. Our signs are still there. A day like this builds not only networks but did charge our anti-fracking batteries as well'

Below a few pics. More here and here Thanks to Tracey and Leah

Campaingers spoke to various MLA' a.o. Tom Elliot and Mark Durkan

Brilliant day in Carrick on Saturday! (6 September) The Protect our Coast and Glens leaflet is getting distributed to local streets as part of a co-ordinated community survey. A public meeting is organised for Monday evening (15 September) at the Windrose in Carrick at 7pm https://www.facebook.com/events/303366559846496/ and if anyone wants to join the fun some of us are free on Saturday to do some on street work in Carrick! #FrackFreeCommunities

 

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Don't sit on the fence, get involved!

Contact your local group