Fracking: ‘We argued and protested. We met at marts and concerts. We persisted and we succeeded’

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Fracking: ‘We argued and protested. We met at marts and concerts. We persisted and we succeeded’

This was never just about Leitrim though, or even climate change. It was about the health of communities, writes Scott Coombs.

Scott Coombs Member, Love Leitrim

A BAN ON fracking on the Irish onshore cleared its last major hurdle on Wednesday May 31, when the Dáil passed a Bill to amend the Petroleum and Other Minerals Development Act.

The Bill prohibits fracking in the Irish onshore and its internal waters for both exploration and extraction. Minister Denis Naughten, expects the bill to become law before the summer recess.Back in August 2011, six months after Brian Cowen’s government fell, things looked very different. We were respectful, but firm. And that’s how things have played out over the past six years. We participated, we resisted. We argued and protested. We persuaded, we persisted and we succeeded.
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SENEAD: anti fracking BILL 2016: SECOND STAGE (transcription)

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The fracking ban bill was discussed  in the Irish Seanad (read transcription below)
Cross-party support guaranteed and the need for a ban in Northern Ireland was raised.

David Norris raised questions regarding the wording

:” There are a number of aspects of the Bill that are difficult.

  • The definition of “hydraulic fracturing” is narrow and weak. It allows for the possibility of the fracking industry developing new techniques that are not covered by this legislation.
  • The definition of “internal waters” is inadequate. It does not cover service water or groundwater. There is a proposed sanction of a six month prison sentence for offenders, but where is the policing mechanism? There is no policing mechanism at all, which is also worrying.
  • There is an absence of a definition of “land”. There is a very comprehensive definition of land in the EU habitats directive. Why could this not have been put into the legislation? Internal waters are listed but it does not specify groundwater at all. This is also worrying. Many people have lobbied me on this matter and they have raised these concerns. It is important we get the ban on fracking because without it, these operations will continue in places such as Leitrim, Roscommon, Sligo, Clare and other parts of Ireland. We must be very careful.
  • Climate change was mentioned.”

Sinn Féin Senator clearly for expansion of ban on offshore fracking at a later stage:

Green Party Senator raised climate change problem, asked for a clear Irish path towards 100% Clean Energy Ireland and said that a LNG terminal at Shannon – which aims at importing US fracked hydrocarbons – cannot be supported.

We now look forward to the next steps in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Next Tuesday the Committee Stage in the Seanad will follow.

Hope was expressed that bill could be signed before summer break.
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Fracking Ban – IRELANDS NIMBY – Fracked gas (Liquid Natural Gas) from the US

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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”
http://www.shannonlng.ie/

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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Ireland Passes Fracking Ban – but will import fracked gas from the US

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Trump About to Withdraw from Paris Agreement While Ireland Passes Fracking Ban

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.

https://www.foodandwatereurope.org/blogs/trump-about-to-withdraw-from-paris-agreement-while-ireland-passes-fracking-ban/#more-41186

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:

The Paris accord falls far short of the bold, decisive action needed to avert the most serious impacts of impending climate chaos – but it is certainly better than nothing. By choosing to walk away from the table, the United States effectively becomes a rogue nation when it comes to matters of climate change, human rights and global leadership in general. Mr. Trump’s foolish, belligerent decision to abdicate responsibility at the federal level now makes real action on climate at the state and local levels even more critical. For the sake of our planet and future generations, it is imperative that elected leaders at every rung of government – from the smallest town halls to the halls of Congress – do everything in their power to resist fossil fuels and help enable a clean energy revolution.” Continue reading

Dail Fracking ban – FOE

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On Wednesday, the Dáil, the lower house of the Irish parliament, passed a Bill to #BanFracking. SHARE to spread the good news.
https://www.foe.ie/news/2017/05/31/dail-fracking-ban-a-great-victory-for-local-campaigners-boost-for-global-climate-movement/

Here’s what our Deputy Director, Kate Ruddock, had to say:
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People Before Profit – fracking should be banned onshore and offshore

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On shore Fracking Bill in Ireland

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Joint Committee final report: A step closer to ban fracking – back doors to frack Ireland are still open

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Joint Committee final report: http://www.oireachtas.ie/parliament/media/committees/communicationsclimatechangenaturalresources/fracking/20170412-Report-32CCAE001–FINAL.pdf

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