CONSULTATION – Draft ban fracking in Co. Sligo Development plan

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Draft Sligo County Development Plan 2017-2023
Public Consultation from 21st September to 30th November 2016
http://www.sligococo.ie/cdp/

Following pre-draft consultation in 2015, Sligo County Council has prepared a Draft Development Plan for County Sligo for the period 2017 to 2023. The Draft Plan is now on public display from the 21st September to the 30th November 2016. The Draft Plan can be viewed online at the following link:

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Sligo Council to decide on fracking ban

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Sligo Council to decide on fracking ban

Sligo County Council will decide at its meeting on Monday (27th June) whether to include a ban on fracking in the new draft County Development Plan when councillors will consider an extensive motion on the issue submitted by Independent Cllr Declan Bree.
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Methane emissions are extremely harmful, and the government might not know how much there is

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/06/09/this-heated-fight-over-methane-emissions-is-almost-as-hot-as-the-gas/?tid=sm_tw

Methane is colorless and odorless. But it’s a powerhouse in the way it contributes to global warming. In the atmosphere, it’s more than 100 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
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Fracking is twice as bad for climate as coal – will the Climage Change Committee ban it?

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http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2987783/fracking_is_twice_as_bad_for_climate_as_coal_will_the_climate_change_committee_ban_it.html

Fracking is twice as bad for climate as coal – will the Climate Change Committee ban it?
Dr Robin Russell-Jones

9th June 2016

The UK government is all for fracking, writes Dr Robin Russell-Jones, but on climate grounds alone it should be banned. Evidence from the US shows that shale gas is twice as dirty as coal from a climate viewpoint due to ‘fugitive emissions’ of methane. That makes fracking incompatible with the UK’s climate change commitments and the Paris Agreement – as the CCC may soon rule.
We have been unofficially informed that the CCC has accepted our data on fugitive emissions of methane – and that shale gas is twice as bad as coal from a climate change perspective. In other words fracking is likely to be banned.

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Scotland: Passing Ban, No Fracking

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http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/06/01/passing-ban-scottish-parliament-declares-no-ifs-no-buts-no-fracking?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=socialnetwork

The Scottish Parliament on Wednesday narrowly passed a motion in support of an outright fracking ban, setting up a potential showdown over the controversial fossil fuels extraction method.

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Concerned Health Professionals Ireland call for frac ban

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Coverage in Sligo today: http://www.sligotoday.ie/details.php?id=40755

UPDATED Concerned Health Professionals Ireland call for frac ban: ‘Extremely strong” evidence fracking harms human health

PETITIONhttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1gug4w4OY76wGTSuGZMVkfCSAOmTZKzLTVMqFUV3KVJc/edit?pref=2&pli=1#

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Woodburn Forest – Facts

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On this very sad morning following Infrastrata’s spudding of their first Petroleum well in Northern Ireland at Woodburn Forest near Carrickfergus, Stop The Drill have some very serious questions for NI Water the landlord of the site which was unlawfully leased to the company. We also have a number of questions for Mid and East Antrim Council following the disclosure that the Head of Planning, Paul Duffy asked Infrastrata for help in responding to questions from councillors about this project.

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On 13 May 2016 Stop The Drill wrote to Sara Venning Chief Executive of NI Water raising grave concerns about the claim that the Woodburn well pad is ‘Zero Discharge’. Stop The Drill has also sought the following information from NI Water. Ms Venning was present at an NI Water Board meeting in July 2013.
(http://www.niwater.com/…/boa…/board_minutes_24_july_2013.pdf) where InfraStrata’s request to lease the land at Woodburn was discussed. i.e.
12. Proposal for Oil Exploration at Woodburn Catchment in Carrickfergus The Board considered the proposal in detail. The Board was assured that contamination risk had been dealt with in the pre-conditions for NIW land being accessed for this project. It was agreed that DRD should also be notified of this proposal. Continue reading

UK government’s fracking definition ‘could allow drilling without safeguards’

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Message from NO FRACKING IRELAND
For anyone who claims Infrastrata are not going to be using fracking at the Woodburn site – read the article below.

I have asked Eoin O Broin of Sinn Fein to get his party to question Infrastrata over the details (discussed in the article below) in regard to the many hows surrounding the type of drilling operation Infrastrata intend to use at Woodburn.

I also stated to Eoin O’Broin that SF have had long enough to decide which side they are on when it comes to Infrastrata’s drill at Woodburn and until SF take real action to stop Infrastrata and come out publicly with a party statement outlining this course of action & calling for Infrastrata’s operation to be shut down – until then the reality is that SF are not on the side of the ‪#‎stopthedrill‬ campaign.

Whether or not Infrastrata intend to use fracking (many of us believe they will) does not dictate whether or not this drill should go ahead – the drilling at Woodburn should not proceed for many reasons – top of that list is obviously water protection.

In the past I recommended to those involved in the campaign in Antrim to get a geologist on board to look at the area Infrastrata wish to drill – this info will lead to a greater understanding of the whole area, what sort of drilling would be needed, what sort of deposits are there (ie oil, radium, uranium, lead, other heavy metals etc etc…)

Also Tellus a cross border geophysical data survey was conducted throughout this island a couple of years ago – if the #stopthedrill campaign has enough money from fundraising (if not we could raise more) they could get the geological data available from Tellus which would answer many questions that still remain about this area ie the oil deposits and type and extent if drilling needed to extract it.

If you’re involved in SF or a supporter of theirs you might want to start getting some answers from them asap.

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http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/apr/13/uk-governments-fracking-definition-could-allow-drilling-without-safeguards

Leading geologist warns loophole in government’s legal definition of fracking could enable companies to bypass safety precautions

The UK government has been accused of including a large loophole in its legal definition of fracking which could enable companies to bypass safety regulations, according to a leading geologist.

In rules that came into force on 6 April, fracking is defined by the amount of high-pressure fluid used to fracture shale rocks and release gas or oil. However, the only well fracked in the UK so far, which caused small earthquakes near Blackpool in 2011, would not qualify as fracking under the definition.

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