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.
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.
What’s a Frack Ban For? For Country, Security, Public Health, Safe Food & Drinking Water! For Communities, Farm & Family and Democracy! What Does Fracking Bring? Lots of Permanent Harms, Eradication of Long Term Jobs, “Widespread industrialisation, permanent environmental degradation, and severe damage to public health.”
FRACOPOLY BOOK LAUNCH – DUBLIN TUESDAY 13 JUNE
Fracking Free Ireland did visit the launch of the Fracopoly book in Enniskillen. It was nice to meet (again) campaigners from Food and Water Europe and got updated about the campaign in the US. (Love Leitrim and FFAN (Fermanagh fracking awareness network did give an overview of the campaign) Continue reading
THE infrastructure minister, Chris Hazzard, has been criticised after indicating he will not be intervening directly in the case of an exploratory oil drill at Woodburn Forest near Carrickfergus.
The Sinn Féin minister has proposed a change in the law to require any exploration company to seek full planning permission for test drilling, but said there were “very limited opportunities for me to act in this case” as the matter was now the responsibility of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.
Interesting letter to David Ford and covered to entire NI executive from Chairman of Belcoo Frack Free – sent in March 2016.
Co Fermanagh BT93 5DN
Dated : 14 March 2016
Mr David Ford
Minister of Justice
Stormont Estate Belfast BT4 3SG
cc : Northern Ireland Executive.
Subject : Woodburn and Policing
Dear Minister Ford,
I write as chair of Belcoo Frack Free with regards to the proposed drilling at Woodburn. I urge you and your colleagues in the Executive to give this matter your undivided attention to avoid violations of EU law, and international conventions, and most importantly violations of human rights issues. Ultimately the PSNI are going to be in the middle of it all as they were in the proposed Belcoo drilling project, but there is a more hardened line being drawn at Woodburn.