Ban fracking on the island of Ireland
(on shore and off shore!)

Fracking Matters Newsletter 2-17 (159)  

8th June 2017

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


 In this newletter

Victory after 6 years of campaigning a Fracking Bill passed the Dail to Ban OnShore Fracking.

How strong is the wording? Is the bill throroughly scrutinised, especially the definition of fracking. What is the Governments position on Offshore fracking, the NIMBY policy to import fracked gas (Liquid Natural Gas) from the US in Shannon. 


We will continue campaigning for a Fracking Free Ireland, onshore and
offshore, not a NIMBY policy regarding LNG and for alternative energies with a policy for households to transfer to sustainable energy as a feed in tarif for solar photovoltaic panels (generating electricity)


Fracking Free Ireland,
 to keep the frogs in and the frackers out! 


Facebook: Fracking Free Ireland


Friends of the Earth Europe -

Yes, another one bites the dust !
An immense bravo to all those who've contributed to that (my first thoughts go to Ineke, Geraldine, Eddie, Charlie and Aedin, and to my FoE colleagues in Ireland). You guys are heroes !

Come on Scotland, now, it's your turn :) :) :)

 we had a 30 sec round of applause here at the Foe Europe annual meeting 

Food and Water Europe - Up the Irish!!

Scotland -  Brilliant news!!!!!  Well done to everyone who has worked so hard to win this!!!!

Chapeau to everyone and indeed, fresh energy to also ban fracking in Scotland

Collectif Causse Méjean - Gaz de Schiste NON ! -  YOUPI !!!!!!

Austria - very very good news

New York State, (Sandra Steingraber) - clapping and cheering here in NYS


Upcoming events - National


• 11th June, Sunday (free & public event, 7:30pm-9:30pm): Frackopoly presentation and Q&A (with activists from Leitrim and Fermanagh), Westville Hotel Enniskillen, Fermanagh, Northern Ireland (host: Sinn Féin MLA Jemma Dolan for Fermanagh South Tyrone)

• 13th June, Tuesday: press conference, afterwards briefing session in Irish Parliament and Frackopoly presentation event in the evening – Third Space Smithfield, Dublin, Ireland (host: Sinn Féin-GUE/NGL MEP Lynn Boylan)


May 17th, 2017

Frackopoly Tour: England, Scotland, Northern Ireland & Ireland

By Andy Gheorghiu

In many ways, hydraulic fracturing (fracking) looms as the environmental issue of our time. It touches every aspect of our lives—the water we drink, the air we breathe, and the health of our communities—as it ominously threatens our global climate. It pits the largest corporate giants—international energy and financial corporations—against people and the environment in a long-term struggle for survival.

Fracking has, through the construction of a network of thousands of wells, a significant impact on communities and culturally or environmentally sensitive zones in England, Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Wales, among other areas in Europe. Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland have already recognized the need to act against this corporate assault and have prepared the first steps towards fracking bans. Sadly, up until now, the UK government has done little to confront the devastating environmental and public health impacts of fracking.

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Campaign news - National

BREAKING In a dramatic statement in the High Court today Barrister William Orbinson representing Mid and East Antrim Council announced that Infrastrata had abandoned Woodburn because of the poor reception they received there. This is a powerful lesson for all communities. Campaigning works. People power wins. Legal proceedings against the Council commenced in March 2016. Thanks to local resident for his dedication in pursuit of justice and accountability. The Judge retired today to decide if the Judicial Review can proceed. We'll keep you posted.Click here to add a title or text.

Political news - Ireland


Sinn Féin Spokesperson for the Environment Brian Stanley TD welcomed the ban but said more complex legislation is needed to ensure it is not challenged.“With the possible environmental implications for fracking on various parts of this State, it is very welcome that this Bill progresses," he said. "This ban is a victory for the long term, considering the communities and the tourism of the areas that would be affected.“However, this does not cater for offshore fracking which is possible under the present law. There are question marks over the environmental implications of this form of offshore extraction but a one line amendment in the present legislation maybe challenged in the future.“To ensure an effective environmental protection regime, we realise to ban offshore fracking needs a larger piece of legislation."



On Wednesday, the Dáil, the lower house of the Irish parliament, passed a Bill to #BanFracking. SHARE to spread the good news.

Here's what our Deputy Director, Kate Ruddock, had to say:

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A Fine Gael anti-fracking Bill is the first Private Members’ Bill to be passed by the current Dáil.

Deputy Tony McLoughlin, who represents Sligo-Leitrim, said his Bill will protect hundreds of thousands of people from the effects of hydraulic fracking.

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Did you know that...

The Bed in Barn is now even greener than ever - 14 panels installed, to keep the frogs in and the frackers out!  Durable Solar World (solar photovoltaic) panels from Germany -
Thanks to and

Solar Photovoltaic panels and Power Diverter:  electricity and hot water all in one!

 The public is investing in clean energy... but... No feed in tarif for solar energy (electricity) - no grants on Solar Photovoltaic panels

 No to Fracking - Yes to Solar.

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Hypocrisy: ban fracking onshore, import fracked gas to Shannon

It is a historic day on which one nation passes a ban on onshore fracking, while another nation intends to walk away from the Paris climate agreement.


Paris agreement withdrawal makes U.S. a rogue nation

In her statement, Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch and Food & Water Europe, roundly condemns Trumps withdrawal from the global climate agreement:

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Donal O'Donovan and Colin Leopold

April 14 2017 2:30 AM

Shelved plans for a €500m gas terminal on the Shannon have been revived as a result of Brexit, with PwC mandated to find a buyer to fund the huge Shannon LNG project at Balylongford, close to Tarbert.

The site has planning in place for a deep-water jetty, storage facilities for liquefied natural gas (LNG) and connections to the Irish national gas network.

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Reporter: Leah Doherty, source facebook NO FRACKING IRELAND

Fracking Ban - IRELANDS NIMBY - Fracked gas (Liquid Natural Gas) from the US

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.

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apparently, not even the Netherlands gives a damn about fracking and climatechange any longer

The Netherlands is to expected receive a cargo from Cheniere’s Sabine Pass LNG export terminal in Louisiana, the first ever US LNG cargo produced from shale gas to reach the country. The 140,000-cbm Arctic Discoverer is scheduled to arrive at the Dutch Gate terminal in the port of Rotterdam around June 7, according to shipping data. The vessel loaded …

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LNG  to Portugal

Sabine Pass leaves a new LNG cargo destined to the Portuguese plant Sines

Sale de Sabine Pass un nuevo cargamento de GNL con destino  a la planta portuguesa se Sines



What makes for winners in the Texas wind power boom?

By Andy Uhler

May 22, 2017 | 6:55 AM

John Dudley lives in Comanche, Texas, and wears a couple of hats: He's a cattle rancher and a wind farmer. We met on his 20,000 acres in the Texas hill country. His land holds more than half of the 87 turbines that make up the vast Logan’s Gap Wind Farm. His brown Herefords roam among the giant stalks, as they spin up to 40 stories overhead.

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Why two American billionaires are betting on renewable energy

According to a couple of American billionaires, the future of the energy grid looks very green. Philip Anschutz, of oil and entertainment industry wealth, is hoping to build what would become America's largest wind farm in Wyoming.

Reports - Research

New Frontiers Environmental Constitutionalism-PPT only


The paper we have been using as an overview of our Human Rights Tribunal on Fracking and Climate Change is finally now published (as a book chapter) and available on the United Nations Environment website.

“An International Tribunal on the Human Rights Impacts of Fracking: Structure, Grounding and Purposes” is attached below and now available to pass along to folks you think may be interested in learning more. (It’s only fourteen pages long, is pretty clear and has big print.)

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