NI Email MLA’s don’t let Tamboran start testdrilling!
Impression of the EPP congress demonstration in Dublin
RTE, Belgian, Irish Independent journalist and Martina explains to Eddie Mitchell who was a delegate for Good Energies Alliance Ireland
22th January 2014 Demo in Dublin – EU On January 22 the European commission is due to announce non-binding guidance for fracking as part of the 2030 Climate and Energy Package! In opposition No Fracking Dublin will be holding a Demonstration outside the office of the European Commission Representation in Ireland, European Union House,18 Dawson Street, Dublin. On the same day at 2pm – 4 pm
No Fracking Dublin are asking people to join them in a Demonstration against Europe commission over its U-turn from their previous course to deliver binding legislative proposals on shale gas and other unconventional hydrocarbon extraction.
Two pieces of legislation – the European commission’s shale gas framework announced on January 22nd, and the proposed review of the Environmental impact assessment directive being voted in the European Parliament on the same day – demonstrate, beyond doubt, that European citizens can expect no help, or protection against the dangers of fracking, from Brussels. The interests of dirty industries have yet again prevailed over those of citizens.
Please spread the word and come out and show support
13th Jan. Leitrim County Council Office – Carrick on Shannon – 4.30 – 6.30
voting county Development Plan
PLEASE SEND THE FOLLOWING EMAIL TO ALL Councillors, TDs & Senators via www.contact.ie
Also on facebook: Even if you’re not on fb, you can see the page.
Subject: URGENT: EPA-sponsored Fracking & Health workshop, November 15
Fracking and Health Research Workshop
Friday 15 November 2013, 9am – 5pm
Mary Ward House, 5-7 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9SN,
I would like to highlight the fact that this event is part sponsored by the Irish Environmental Protection Agency, a body that has commissioned research to help ‘determine best practice guidelines to regulate the shale gas industry in Ireland’ (all their own words).
The Irish campaign stands united in its demands to have this immunity removed and we are highly sceptical and dubious of the merit of any research being commissioned by this body. Their last commissioned report of May 2012 was conducted by the University of Aberdeen, which used examples from the Marcellus Shale in the US (not relevant to the shale plays in Ireland) and data and research from the University of Texas which has since been shown to be flawed. Yet the EPA study has been classified as peer-reviewed. The universities of Aberdeen and Texas are both funded by the biggest ‘players’ in the oil and gas industry.Regarding the event, when we tried to register, we were sent polite replies stating that the event was by invitation ONLY. So 50 – 60 people will attend, cherry picked no doubt to state that if robust regulations are adhered to, then the process of high volume, slick water, horizontal hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) for shale/coal seam gas has been rendered as ‘safe’ as possible. The ‘findings’ from the conference will be published in a scientific journal, which then lends credence to the EPA’s research.For those in Ireland, especially elected representatives and policy and decision makers to whom I am forwarding this mail, please could you find out how much of our taxpayers’ money is being used to fund this conference, and how transparent the ‘findings’ will be.Following the recent publication of a draft report from Public Health England which concluded that fracking carries low health risks, we are afraid that this event is an industry biased attempt by our pro-unconventional gas governments to ‘whitewash’ the health issues connected to the industry, and to parrot the corporate line of ‘robust’ regulations will minimize health risks to communities”. Nothing short of a ban on HVHF will suffice in Ireland and elsewhere.Press releases and an email and social media campaign are being organised to highlight this event, both in Ireland and UK. We will forward all related articles and press releases onto yourselves.Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you require any further information.With best regards,
YOUR FULL NAME & ADDRESS
I am asking you to email the Canadian Embassy in Dublin today,
7-8 Wilton terrace
to politely voice your dismay at the way both the Canadian
Government, the district government of New Brunswick, and the Houston
Based Gas company, SWN Resources, are riding roughshod over the human
and environmental rights of the Mik’maq peoples.
A peaceful protest at the site in Rexton turned violent yesterday,
with scores of arrests, reports of rubber bullets and bean bags being
turned on the campaigners, with children and the elderly present.
Please see link below.
Our sample email reads as follows:
is treating the Mik’maq tribe in Rexton, New Brunswick. It seems
that corporate greed is being put firmly before people’s needs, and
that the human rights of the Mik’maq are being bulldozed over in
favour of SWN Resources, the company attempting to carry out seismic
testing in the area.
well, with swathes of the North West, Northern Ireland and County
Clare under license to companies who wish to exploit and extract shale
gas using hydraulic fracturing.
We are totally opposed to, and will not give a social, environmental
or community license to any company who wishes to introduce this
degrading and destructive industry to Ireland. We also stand behind
and support those in the Mik’maq peacefully protecting their lands.
Large areas of County Sligo have licensing options “up for grabs” for
unconventional gas extraction. Tourism, farming, and human
habitation are not compatible with hydraulic fracturing.
voices against ecocidal and environmentally destructive mining
practices: Jessica Ernst, Dr. John O Connor, and the peoples of New
SUPPORT BALCOMBE – Indymedia UK
28 DAYS LATER
The zombie of fossil fuels staggers on to savage humanity, it’s time to
take it down. There is only one way we can protect our water supply and
meet our climate obligations: leave it in the ground.
Cuadrilla’s license to drill at Balcombe runs out on 28 September.
After the upsurge of climate activism at Reclaim The Power, let’s make
these last 28 days count, stopping their work there and showing those
wanting to frack elsewhere what to expect.
Boost the blockades. Trucks come in on weekdays from the early morning.
Pick a weekday before September 28, gather useful kit and useful friends
and get to Balcombe.
Fracking is stoppable, another world is possible.
From No Fracking Ireland.
Pictures of protest: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151975269546874&type=1&l=62313b20f2
Date: 11 Sept.
Location – Radisson Blu Hotel, Stillorgan Rd, Blackrock, Dublin 4
Time – 9am – 5pm approx
Link on facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/381808138615241/
On Sept 11th we will gather to demand that the Irish government and the NI Assembly ban “fracking” and unconventional oil and gas exploration and extraction.
We will also be calling on companies that have been granted licenses to date to relinquish these licenses forthwith.
There is overwhelming scientific and anecdotal evidence (which is being ignored and left uninvestigated) from around the world to support our demand.
We also stand in solidarity with other campaign groups on this island, who are also fighting to protect the environment and their communities against the oil and gas industry. We hope Sept 11th will be a day we can unite in voicing our opposition to the industry and our respective governments.
We hope to see and meet many people at this event from all anti-fracking groups north and south.
The Agenda Day 2 Ireland Oil and Gas Summit 2013
Day 2: Wednesday 11th September 2013
Keynote Presentation: Oil and gas exploration in Northern Ireland
Presentation: Hydrocarbons potential of Northern Ireland
Presentation: Examining the geology of Ireland to better understand the real hydrocarbon potential of the region
Presentation: Port of Cork- Ireland’s Strategic Offshore Base
Case study: Successfully implementing a holistic model to exploration and production in Belize
Prospect: The South Porcupine Basin in the Irish Atlantic Margin
Presentation: Norway- Environmental issues relating to petroleum activities
Presentation: New Thinking in the Porcupine
Presentation: Kinsale Area Gas Fields; Blueprint for a Successful Development Offshore Ireland
Case study: Tamboran’s NI/RoI Shale Gas Project
Presentation: Downstream and refining opportunities
Presentation: Ireland as a top destination for conducting business
Book a seat on your nearest coach:
- Ireland – Email email@example.comIf and when fracking comes to Ireland we will need to resist as well. Amazingly, Frack Off UK have offered to fund a bus from Ireland to the camp at Balcombe. We need to stand in solidarity with Balcombe, and learn how to be successful defenders ourselves!Here’s the info on fb about the trip:Low cost (voluntary contributions to driver) bus will be running via Sligo, Carrick-on-Shannon, and Dublin to Balcombe Reclaim Power Climate Camp Ireland on Saturday 17th returning on Tue 20th. Spaces limited. Contact Eamonn Crudden , Leah Doherty, or Meg Rybicki on FBook to book a space. Arrangements are fluid due to ferry availability for bus so have patience with us.
More info on the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1393200727572602/
Some of the No Fracking Ireland network are travelling to take part in this initiative at the site of ongoing protests against Drilling/Fracking at Balcombe: http://www.nodashforgas.org.uk/uncategorized/no-dash-for-gas-announce-mass-swoop-on-cuadrilla/ We think it would be great if a decent ROI and NI contingent participated in the camp, workshops and non-violent civil disobedience planned during the camp. We worked out cost of 5 in a car via Rosslare at approx E100 per person for ferry and fuel. Cheap lond…on flights would work too as Balcombe is approx 40 mins by train from London.
Object to the Rathlin Energy planning application by 25th July !!!
Fracking Matters Newsletter 115 – http://frackingfreeireland.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Fracking-MattersNewsletter-25-13-115.pdf
1- Members of the public can make a submission to the UK Environment Agency on Cuadrilla’s drilling permit until July 16th: https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/portal/permits/app/cuadrilla/balcombe?pointId=1371556700808
This application is being considered by the Minerals Development, Management and Compliance section of the Strategic Planning Division of the DOE.
It has just been advertised in the local paper and people have 14 days (up to 25th July) to object. (We do know however that we will still be able to submit objections for a couple of weeks after that because their processes of statutory consultation will be continuing and they still accept objections during that time. They have to take account of any new objections raised before they have made their decision. However it would be best to get as many objections as possible in before 25th.
The company has said they do not think they need to do a full EIA / ‘Environmental Statement’, and have voluntarily undertaken their own (substandard in my opinion) external assessments as supporting documentation to their application – but the DOE will determine whether or not one is required.
Good Energies Alliance report:
EIAs for Shale Gas projects “regardless of the amount extracted”
Dartry ValleyMaybe we can keep this pristine!
Despite strong lobbying from the oil/gas industry, the EU Environment Committee on Thursday voted to strengthen proposed changes to the EU Directive on Environmental Impact Assessments. According to the EU Environment Bureau “this vote will broaden the scope of the directive, close some of the loopholes that allowed developers to avoid an EIA, foresee the monitoring of the projects during all the project phases including post-closure phases, require the assessment of relevant alternative projects and include provisions for better information and a meaningful participation of the public.”
The adopted text explicitly includes “the use of interim measures to ensure the project does not start before the review process is completed.”
Shale-gas exploitation is now included in Annex I of the Directive “regardless of the amount extracted” thus making an EIA obligatory for projects of any size. The vote also supports strengthening the provisions to cover underground and subsoil impacts.
The vote was passed 51 for, 18 against, a powerful indication of the strength of the lobbying campaign waged by environmental groups throughout Europe. Thanks to all who sent emails to MEPs, also to Geraldine, Charlie, Ineke, FOE and all who pushed the campaign in Ireland.
Review of the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive – CALL FOR ACTION
Update 2 July 2013
Updated template letter:
[2013.06.18]_letter to MEPs (libre office)
2013.06.18_letter to MEPs (word doc.)
Deadline: 11 July
Sorry to bother you with another email about the vote on the EIA Directive.
I was announced that the MEP rapporteur had to yield to the pressure made by the conservatives. As a consequence, he accepted to:
– postpone the vote and reschedule it next week on 11th July.
– take out the compromise amendment on unconventional fossil fuels.
In other words, it means that:
- There won’t be any compromise amendment on shale gas, gathering suggestions from socialist and green MEPs.
- As a consequence, the deal with the Socialists and the Greens doesn’t exist anymore
- We need to call MEPs to support the Amendment 50 instead which is the initial proposal made by the MEP rapporteur follow our recommendations
I slightly adapted the template letters (English and French) to reflect these changes.
Sorry to bother you once again for this call but your help is really needed.
Feel free to get in touch with me if you have any question,
All the best,
Friends of the Earth Europe
Review of the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive
This Directive is absolutely essential as it notably defines why, when and how an Environmental impact Assessment (EIA) should be made in order to better understand the potential environmental impacts of industrial projects and to mitigate these impacts as much as possible.
However, as mentioned by several legal studies, the EIA Directive is currently not adapted for unconventional oil and gas projects and, therefore, cannot guarantee a systematic EIA before the beginning of a new shale gas, shale oil or coal bed methane project. The consequence of this shortcoming could generate dysfunctions similar to those observed in the US:
- No baseline data and therefore no possibility to prove the causal links between drilling activities and accidents
- No participation of the local communities in the decision process.
Together with my colleague Geert, from Food and Water Europe, we have suggested amendments to add the shale gas/shale oil/coal bed methane specificities in the document. So far, our recommendations have been followed by the MEP leading the review of the text. However, this MEP had to agree with other political groups on a number of compromises which slightly water down our initial proposal. It is however still acceptable to our eyes, but we know the amendment will be challenged during the first vote in the Parliamentary committee working on environment issues that will take place on the 4th of July (end of last week).
Therefore, we need your help to contact your MEPs, members of the ENVI Committee, before the 4th of July, and ask them to support the Amendment imposing a systematic EIA for shale gas, shale oil and coal bed methane projects. The more letters each MEP will receive, the better, and don’t hesitate to do some follow-up by phone if time allows you.
You will find a template letter and the contact details of MEPs from the ENVI Committee
If you have any question, regarding this amendment or regarding the reviewing process of this Directive, please contact me.
All the best,
Economic Justice Programme
Extractive Industries Campaigner
Friends of the Earth Europe
TEL: +32 2 893 1018
FAX: +32 2 893 1035
Who do we need to lobby? Full members of the Environment Committee
Republic of Ireland: Nessa CHILDERS firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northern Ireland: Martina ANDERSON email@example.com
UK: Martin CALLANAN firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris DAVIES email@example.com
Jill EVANS Jill.firstname.lastname@example.org
Nick GRIFFIN email@example.com)
Linda McAVAN firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul NUTTALL email@example.com
Glenis WILLMOTT firstname.lastname@example.org
Marina YANNAKOUDAKIS email@example.com
And there are quite a few right-wing, pro-fracking German MEPs and their votes will make the difference whether the amendment passes or not.
Or you can send a letter to ALL Envi Members – http://frackingfreeireland.org/contact/contact-irish-politicians/
Dear MEP [NAME], member of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee,
I am writing to ask you to support an inclusion of all unconventional fossil fuels (UFF) activities in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive that is currently being reviewed. On Thursday the 4th of July, the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee of the European Parliament will vote on the proposals made by MEP Andrea Zanoni. His proposals aim to adapt the EIA Directive to a number of new realities, which notably include a potential development of UFF activities in Europe.
I respectfully ask you to:
Please support the compromise amendment adding the production (exploration and exploitation) of unconventional fossil fuels (shale gas, tight gas, shale oil, coal bed methane) in the Annex I of the Directive:
“14a. Exploration, involving deep drilling and /or the application of hydraulic fracturing, and extraction of petroleum and/or natural gas trapped in strata of gas shales or other sedimentary rock formations with similarly low or lower permeability and porosity, independently of the quantity extracted.
14b. Extraction of natural gas from coal seams, independently of the quantity extracted.”
This Amendment follows strong and clear recommendations, which received broad political support in the vote on last year’s European Parliament’s resolutions on shale gas:
In the own-initiative report on the “Environmental impacts of shale gas and shale gas oil extraction activities”, the European Parliament called “for the inclusion of projects including hydraulic fracturing in Annex I of the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive” (§24).
In the own-initiative report on the “Industrial, energy and other aspects of shale gas and oil”, the European Parliament recommended “mandatory environmental impact assessments” in the licencing and authorisation process (§31) which is the “best way of ensuring the meaningful and timely engagement of local communities” (§34).
This amendment is crucial as the current version of the legislation doesn’t guarantee such systematic and mandatory EIA before new UFF projects:
Because they have a maximum daily production rate of between 115.000 and 250.000 m3, they will never meet the 500.000m3/day threshold mentioned in the existing legislation. As a consequence, no mandatory and systematic EIA for UFF projects can currently be guaranteed.
Because deep drilling and hydraulic fracturing techniques are used all along the process, including during the exploration phase, not only the extraction operations should be targeted, but also the exploration activities.
The poor environmental records of the development of this industry in the US have taught us that:
It is essential to engage in a systematic gathering of baseline data – with samples of air, water and soil quality – in order to prove the causal link between UFF operations and air and/or water contamination around drilling sites.
Such industrial developments cannot take place without properly consulting the communities living around potential drilling sites.
If large-scale UFF operations are allowed to go ahead in an unregulated way, this industry will repeat the same mistakes as in the US, with the same dramatic impacts for the climate, environment and public health. I believe it is absolutely vital that this recommendation receives strong support, and I look to you to represent my views in this matter for the good of our constituency and of the rest of Europe.
Johnny Linehan has created an event on FB where we can share our complaints sent in to the programme.
Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/events/491680057577641
Twitter to Iain – https://twitter.com/Profiainstewart
ACTION- DETI NI
Today (14 June)is the last day one can make a submission. Examples here => https://sites.google.com/site/frackingfreedocumentsireland/deti-2013
National Trust –
Your Help is URGENTLY needed – Amend The Bill – Stop making it easy for Fracking – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xgMfJM1hmk
Published on 11 Jun 2013
IMPORTANT UPDATE – The amendment is being considered by the NI Assembly on JUNE 24th – Please act as soon as you can and SHARE SHARE SHARE this video with everyone you know.
An Amendment to the Northern Ireland Planning Law is being rushed through NOW in June 2013 which makes the granting of Planning Permission or Zoning Permission based purely upon economics.
No longer will suitability, the community or the environment be a basis for granting such permissions. This is to allow an easy path for Shale Gas and Fracking companies to get planning permission.
If this amendment is allowed to happen it will set a precedent for the rest of the UK to copy, then the rest of Europe and then wherever else in the world Fracking is being considered. Which means that no matter where you live this could affect YOU.
If you live in Northern Ireland please take just two minutes of your time to visit www.amendthebill.org
and make your views known. If you live outside Northern Ireland then please email firstname.lastname@example.org
with your views, you can cut and paste the example letter below.
If you care about the environment you live in, both natural or built, then please take the time to register your views.
There is very limited time so please act now.
To learn more about Fracking and how it might affect you please visit www.frackinginfermanagh.info. This is a superb film made by a group of young Fermanagh residents about fracking and its implications.
Together we can make a difference
Thank you for watching and thank you for caring
STANDARD LETTER – AMEND THE PLANNING BILL
Here is a standard letter you can use as your guide but feel free to change or add to it according to your circumstances:-
“To – Arlene Foster MLA, Tom Elliott MLA, Phil Flanagan MLA, Maurice Morrow MLA, Sean Lynch MLA, Bronwyn McGahan MLA, Michelle Gildernew MP, Peter Robinson – First Minister and Martin McGuinness – Deputy First Minister.
We need a planning system in Northern Ireland which protects our special places as well as allowing good development in the right place for communities and the economy.
Please act now to amend the Planning Bill 2013 when it comes to the floor of the Assembly.
Please vote in the following way.
Say yes to:
• Bringing in protection for World Heritage Sites and their settings in Northern Ireland, which includes the Giant’s Causeway;
• Making sure that the Bill is balanced, by amending Clause 2 of the Bill to ensure our planning system furthers sustainable development which ensures:
• Protection and enhancement of the environment;
• Promotion of economic development;
• Promotion of social well-being.
Say no to:
• The economic development line currently in Clause 2;
• The wording in Clause 6 — which could be used to place too much emphasis on economic considerations. With Clause 2 amended, this is no longer needed.
This really matters to me – please do this for future generations.
Please confirm to me that you will present my views when the Planning Bill is voted on at the Assembly.”
Once again thank you for taking the time to look at this and for your action.
For Northern Ireland residents – www.amendthebill.org
For people outside Northern Ireland email@example.com
The most excellent Fracking In Fermanagh film – www.frackinginfermanagh.info
Fermanagh Fracking Awareness Network – http://www.frackaware.com
Email addresses MLA/MP
firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; bronwyn.mcgahan@MLA.niassembly.gov.uk; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org;email@example.com
and/or (same persons)
arlene.foster@MLA.niassembly.gov.uk; firstname.lastname@example.org; phil.flanagan@MLA.niassembly.gov.uk; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org ; bronwyn.mcgahan@MLA.niassembly.gov.uk; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org;email@example.com;
ACTION – WE DESERVE BETTER (GEAI/FFAN) see also: Fracking Matters Newsletter 20 -13 (110)
ACTION NEEDED: ‘We Deserve Better’ Campaign. LETS HAVE 5,000 EMAILS into Minister’s inboxes this week! Tamboran are planning to start drilling THIS YEAR in Fermanagh – possibly this month! Why are exploration licences refused in the South while research is being carried out and yet given the go-ahead in the North, only 10km over the border? Make your opinion known – email the Northern Ministers!
Link to blog and suggested text:
‘POLISH FARMERS FIGHTING CHEVRON ARE ASKING FOR HELP – POLISH MEDIA ARE CONSORED, NOT WILLING TO COVER THEIR SIXTH DAY OF DAY AND NIGHT PROTEST BLOCKING CHEVRON PROSPECT DRILLING SITE IN POLISH LUBLIN REGION. FACEBOOK IS THE LAST HOPE!’
‘PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION – “FRACKING HAS TO BE BANNED!”
Petition to Mr. Donald Tusk, the Prime Minister of Poland
We, citizens signed underneath are demanding immediate introduction of a moratorium for search and exploitation of shale gas in Poland until the time of appropriate public consultations on fracking.
We respect both – the voice of people supporting and rejecting shale gas extraction, but demand confronting these opinions with the results of independent and credible scientific research.
Many years of experience of the United States and Canada shows clearly that search and exploitation of shale gas is endangering drinking water and air quality and is resulting in vast contamination of ground water and soil. The houses of people are cracking, local roads are damaged, constant noise and threat of explosion are troubling local citizens.
In Poland there’s an absence of any official information on all kinds of threats caused by shale gas exploitation, which is unacceptable.
The people are forced to pay all kinds of costs of all that – the mining companies are using our water for free, when the citizens are charged more and more for the water use.
We are convinced that the citizens have to be informed on all consequences of shale gas exploitation. We demand wide publication of the content of the European Parliament resolution of 21 November 2012 on the environmental impacts of shale gas and shale oil extraction activities as well as the Shale Gas Report of European Parliament of June 2011.
Our stand is a result of our concern about the future of common goods of all Polish people: clean water, unpolluted soil – goods which need to benefit not only ourselves but also the future generations.
First Name * Last Name * E-mail * Confirm the e-mail * Street
Town Region Post Code
* – Fields required’
(Use Google Translate for the petition)
AFTER SIGNING THE PETITION YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL ( in Polish) and have to click a link to confirm your email address
Dziękujemy za podpisanie petycji. Prosimy o potwierdzenie adresu e-mail, klikając poniższy link:
ACTION POST CARD
Send the waterpost e-card to TD’s, Government bodies, Petroleum Affairs Division and demand a ban on fracking!
or use text below
The practice of onshore unconventional gas extraction on the island of Ireland is unacceptable to the communities living in the proposed gaslands.
We wish to leave our children a legacy of hope, not one of an environment so degraded that their legacy will contain carcinogenic timebombs.
(email addresses at the end of the Fracking Matters Newsletter 17-13 (107))
The government has said that there will be no fracking until the next EPA study is completed, not until at least 2014. However, the last EPA report was produced by Aberdeen University, which has strong ties to the fossil fuel industry. How do we know that the new study will not be compromised?
The people are not reassured by the government’s promises. The Irish anti-fracking campaign will go on and is getting stronger every day.
Campaigners have produced a postcard that highlights the greatest problem with shale gas extraction – the irreversible pollution to our water. Can Ireland afford to contaminate its most precious resource, the source of our agriculture industry, and the source of all life?
Add your voice to your neighbours’! Call on our elected representatives and civil servants to respect the wishes of the Irish people and ban fracking.
You can download the photo here: http://frackingfreeireland.org/info-to-download/postcards/
And you can order notebooks with this image on the cover, and others, at: http://frackingfreeireland.org/donate/
All proceeds from sales of notebooks will go to the anti-fracking campaign.