Ban fracking on the island of Ireland

Fracking Matters Newsletter 01-17(158)

25 jANUARY 2017

Frogs, Farmers or Frackers?!
To be a source of information about the invasion of fracking, in Ireland, in Europe,... all over the World!


Time for a 'fracking' update and a call to take action!

In this newsletter

• Take action,

• Back the Bill, No delay 31 Jan 2017 - sign petition - submit

• The anti fracking Bill +Bill debate

• EPA report

• Why?

• N.Y. State fracking ban in 2015

• French Parliament to discuss fracking ban

• New reports: fracking and health -  scientific evidence for over 5 years

• Trump

• Dutch comedian and Trump (in Newstalk as well)


Dublin 31 January - Back the Bill- No delay
Dáil committee, hand delivery of Scientific research & reports and Petitions to Ban Fracking on the Island of Ireland - full stop!!

After years of campaigning and thanks to the hard work of politicians  - Michael Colreavy, (SF) Declan Bree, (Ind) Richard Boyed Barrett (PBP) - to name a few, who always did call for a Ban on Fracking- Full Stop!  at last Tony McLoughlin (FG) tabled a Bill to Ban fracking. An attempt from the Oireachtas to add an amendment to the Bill which called a.o. for a public consultation was not moved.
The second stage of the Bill was 27 October 2017. The EPA report was published in December 2016

Suddenly over the Christmas period  a public consultation is organised by the Joint Oireachtas Committee (JOC) on Communications, Climate Action and Environment. This public consultation is in relation to TD Tony Mcloughlins anti fracking bill and the EPA administered research programme (led by oil/gas industry service providers CDM Smith).

The committee are looking for public submissions in relation to the bill and the EPA research study. The deadline for the consultation is very soon, February 2nd.

Campaigners are organising a bus trip to Dublin, Tuesday 31 January  for an anti fracking action and show that we Back the Bill and that we call for proceeding it to the next stage without delay.
We will hand deliver Scientific research & reports to the Dáil committee on the Anti Fracking Bill. Scientific evidence that was used in New York State on which the decision was made to Ban Fracking. We will also hand deliver all the hard copies of petitions we gathered during the last five years, in which people are calling for a Ban on Fracking on the Island of Ireland.

Get your voice heard!

Back the Bill, Ban Fracking,

Ineke Scholte

Fracking Free Ireland



Take Action

DUBLIN - Tuesday 31 January

We are gathering at the Dáil on January 31st to urge the Select Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment who are at present examining the bill to ban fracking, to pass the bill without further delay.

We will be submitting, to the committee, the research and reports that forced the State of New York to implement a ban on fracking in June 2015.

We demand that the committee disregard the Irish EPA study that was given to them by Minister Naughten in December 2016. The EPA study was led by two pro fracking companies, therefore there was a conflict of interest and so the finding of the study must be deemed null and void.

We demand that the committee consider the research that we submit and in doing so follow suit with the State of New York and pass this bill on to the next stage in legislative process without any further delay.

There is no need for any further research by the state into this industry, we have ample evidence available to us from independent academic sources as to why frackiing must be banned.

Please join us on Jan 31st at the Dáil, to urge the committee to pass the bill, without any delay, onto the next stage of the legiislative process.

A bus wll be travelling from Carrick-on-Shannon Leitrim
Leaving 9am Return approx 4.30pm €10
To book a seat please call 087-7409102


Sign the petition, organised by Friends of the Earth -

Click here to add a title or text.


Submit  before Feb. 2nd, and follow the instructions as outlined by the Oireachtas. Scroll down!

BILL - DEBATE - EPA  report

bill moved to committee

Read below in combination with the bill (second stage, 27 october 2016) moved to a SELECTED COMMITTEE by Tony McLoughlin and the call from the Oireachtas for a public consultation in the JOINT COMMITTEE

Read below: the ... bill was referred to the committee
decided to undertake a detailed scrutiny

Read more.





• Why is the goverment calling for submissions?

• Why are the Joint Oierachtas Committe on Communication, Climate Action and Environment now doing what the Dail would not agreed to (the amendment)?

The Joint Committee decided to undertake a detailed scrutiny (including a public consultation) of the provisions of this bill together with the EPA led Joint Research Programme on the Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on the Environment and Human Health

• Why is the bill moved to the Joint Committee of Communication, Climate Action and  Environment and not to the Select committee as agreed in the Bill?

According to Brid Smith, TD and member of the Joint Committee calling for submissions is very unusual.

According to Aedin McLoughlin The EPA report was always going to have a public consultation period after it was published - this was promised by the Minister and confirmed by EPA some time ago.

See overview of stages of the bill on fracking and NOTE:

the AMENDMENT a.o. public consultation/submissions was NOT moved/called.


Read more.





NEW YORK STATE  and Fracking

NEW YORK STATE and the Ban in 2015

N.Y. Officially Bans Fracking With Release of Seven-Year Study


Breaking: Cuomo Bans Fracking in New York State

In a victory for environmental, health and community activists, fracking has been banned in New York state. That was the conclusion reached at a public, livestreamed meeting of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s cabinet in Albany today. Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation Joseph Martens issued the order, following a report on his own findings and a strongly cautionary report from Dr. Howard Zucker, commissioner of the Department of Health, who compared the unknown health impacts of fracking to those of secondhand smoke, once considered benign.

Read more.




Reports related to fracking: Fracking Free Ireland - official reports


Just released:  REPORT
Technical workshop on public health impacts and risks resulting from oil and gas extraction
- 8th November 2016, Brussels

"The Commission explained that the main objective of this technical workshop is to gather experts from North America and the European Union, knowledgeable about public health impacts and risks resulting from both conventional and unconventional oil and gas extraction, and to identify possible information needs and research gaps."


REPORT Public-Health-Implications-of-Noise-Fracking1

Fracking creates noise at levels high enough to harm the health of people living nearby, according to the first peer-reviewed study to analyze the potential public health impacts of ambient noise related to fracking.

Read more.

January 23rd, 2017 7:00am

French Parliament to Discuss Fracking Ban

Just 100 days before the presidential election, the shale gas debate makes the headlines again in France, as parliament this week considers an amendment of the mining code to ban any development of non-conventional hydrocarbons by any technique.

The last time shale gas opponents strengthened the anti-fracking law was in 2011, when they banned hydraulic fracturing but allowed exploration for the purposes of scientific research or through potential alternative techniques.

Read more.



Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch, has published the book Frackopoly last year.

A history of the fracking industry, Frackopoly exposes how more than 100 years of political influence peddling facilitated the control of our energy system by a handful of corporations and financial institutions. It provides the public policy backstory and the history of deregulation that has turned our communities into sacrifice zones.



The Dutch welcome Trump. By comedian Arjen Lubach.Must seen
it was on Newstalk:)

Published on 22 Jan 2017

Please turn on subtitles.
The whole world was watching for the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States: Donald J. Trump. Because we realize it's better for us to get along, we decided to introduce our tiny country to him. In a way that will probably appeal to him the most.

Arjen Lubach remixes the current week in thirty minutes, melt-covered stories and breaking news is whole again. From Bellevue Theatre in Amsterdam Sunday with Lubach, as good as news.

Version with English subtitles:


TRUMP WASHINGTON, U.S. - According to a new report by liberal think tank Center for American Progress, titled "How Exxon Won the 2016 Election," the company stands to gain nearly $1 trillion from the Trump administration's energy and environment policies. The report comes just a day ahead of Donald Trump's secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson’s grilling during a Senate confirmation …

Once president, Trump could also lift every restriction on extracting oil from public lands and offshore, which would once against assist the oil company.

Read more.


An America First Energy Plan

Energy is an essential part of American life and a staple of the world economy. The Trump Administration is committed to energy policies that lower costs for hardworking Americans and maximize the use of American resources, freeing us from dependence on foreign oil.

For too long, we’ve been held back by burdensome regulations on our energy industry. President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule. Lifting these restrictions will greatly help American workers, increasing wages by more than $30 billion over the next 7 years.

Sound energy policy begins with the recognition that we have vast untapped domestic energy reserves right here in America. The Trump Administration will embrace the shale oil and gas revolution to bring jobs and prosperity to millions of Americans. We must take advantage of the estimated $50 trillion in untapped shale, oil, and natural gas reserves, especially those on federal lands that the American people own. We will use the revenues from energy production to rebuild our roads, schools, bridges and public infrastructure. Less expensive energy will be a big boost to American agriculture, as well.

The Trump Administration is also committed to clean coal technology, and to reviving America’s coal industry, which has been hurting for too long.

In addition to being good for our economy, boosting domestic energy production is in America’s national security interest. President Trump is committed to achieving energy independence from the OPEC cartel and any nations hostile to our interests. At the same time, we will work with our Gulf allies to develop a positive energy relationship as part of our anti-terrorism strategy.

Lastly, our need for energy must go hand-in-hand with responsible stewardship of the environment. Protecting clean air and clean water, conserving our natural habitats, and preserving our natural reserves and resources will remain a high priority. President Trump will refocus the EPA on its essential mission of protecting our air and water.

A brighter future depends on energy policies that stimulate our economy, ensure our security, and protect our health. Under the Trump Administration’s energy policies, that future can become a reality.


WASHINGTON — President Trump moved assertively on Tuesday to resurrect a pipeline in the Dakotas that had become a major flashpoint for Native Americans, while reviving the Keystone XL pipeline, which had stirred years of debate over the balance between energy needs and environmental concerns.

The actions were the latest to dismantle Obama era policies. The former president rejected the proposed 1,179-mile Keystone pipeline in 2015, arguing that it would undercut American leadership in curbing reliance on carbon energy to address a warming climate.

Read more.