Fracking Matters Newsletter – elections 2016 trust and truth
22 Feb 2016
Issue No. 68 – November 15, 2015
1. Leitrim County Council and Mark Ruffalo support “Stop the Study” campaign
2. Rathlin Energy abandons plans to drill at Ballinlea, Co. Antrim
3. Opposition to fracking wastewater injection wells grows in USA
1. Majority of MEPs support fracking moratorium in symbolic vote
For the first time, a majority of MEPs (338 to 319) has voted in favour of an immediate moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in Europe in view of its “risks and negative consequences for the climate, the environment, and public health.” The MEPs voted in support of Amendment 1 to the Energy Security Strategy report.
However, as the final report as a whole was not adopted, the moratorium on “any new operations involving the exploration or extraction of unconventional fuels within the EU until this is proven to be safe for the environment, citizens, and workers” will not take effect.
While some pro-fracking groups in the European Parliament voted against the amendment and the report as a whole, the European United Left – Nordic Green Left group (GUE/NGL), which voted for the fracking moratorium, opposed the final report on the grounds that it “underlined the importance of nuclear energy” and “moves in the same direction as neoliberal policies.”
The votes of Irish MEPs on the fracking moratorium amendment were as follows: