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Court case aims to halt Co Antrim oil exploration in its tracks

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Friday 06 May 2016

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A legal bid is being made on Friday to scupper plans for oil exploration in a Co Antrim forest, with one protestor saying it is likely to be just the first of many challenges.

Belfast’s High Court will hear a bid by a nearby resident opposed to the project, who is calling for a judge to rule on whether the work should indeed go ahead as planned.

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(Northern) Ireland -almost – FRACKED Ireland will be no longer Fracking Free

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Since 2011 fracking is looming over Ireland. After years of informing people, writing letters, demonstrations, direct actions, taken legal actions, it seems that politicians and the big companies doesn’t care. Democracy and human rights are dead words.

At present the first rig in (Northern)  Ireland has arrivedand and is transported to Woodburn

rig arrived
drillforest (and sticks into the mud). Infrastrata will start testdrilling near a waterreservoir, supplying water for the entire Belfast eara. Despite scientific evidence, that fracking can not be done safe and often pollutes the water, the greed and ignorance seems to be unlimited, putting peoples health at risk.
(Duke study )

A legal action was succesfull, but despite this, the lorries are still driving into Woodburn forest.

A protestor had chained himself to the rig,
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another protestor was sitting peacefully on the ground,  both were removed by the PSNI
Mark, chained on the rig for 6 hours, until he was arrested.

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Upcoming Friday is the court case of another  protestor related to the Belcoo protest.

EJOLT Atlas – Featured map on fracking

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ffThe Environmental Justice Atlas, an ambitious (and
ongoing) project aiming at putting together as many information as
possible about the various environmental struggles happening all around
the Globe. It is obviously ambitious because of the large scope of the
initiative, but also ambitious because of the level of details that its
developers require to enter new information. But I think it’s a
wonderful tool that we should all know because the developers want to
map to be continuously fed with more and more cases and information.
This is therefore up to you to give them the information they need.
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EPA research and consortium

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epa research and consortium

The research is being carried out by a consortium, led by the global environmental and infrastructure management firm CDM Smith Ireland Limited. The consortium includes Queens University Belfast, British Geological Survey, University College Dublin, University of Ulster, AMEC, and Philip Lee Solicitors. Continue reading

Mayo needs to wake up

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Mayo needs to wake up to the reality that the controversial method of extracting natural gas from rock — known as fracking — could soon become a major issue in the county.

That is according to two local Sinn Féin representatives who this week urged the public and political representatives to call on the Government to make its position on fracking clear because a number of Mayo townlands in the Swinford and Charlestown areas have long been flagged as possible fracking sites. Continue reading

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Leitrim County Councillors condemn Tamboran’s actions in Belcoo

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Leitrim County Councillors have unanimously condemned Tamboran Resources actions in pre-empting the start of drilling at a quarry in Fermanagh.

Tamboran are proposing to drill samples from the rock in the quarry in Belcoo, which will be sent to the USA for further analysis.

They have already erected security fencing at the quarry on Gandrum Road, Co Fermanagh and have sought a High Court injunction against protestors at the site.

In an emergency meeting called by councillors this morning in Carrick-on-Shannon councillors stressed the need for unity between all parties in the fight against the introduction of hydraulic fracturing both north and south of the border. Continue reading