IRELAND BANNED FRACKING!!

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IRELAND BANNED FRACKING!

From the people to the President in 6yrs. Onshore fracking officially banned today!
Congrats everyone! Now we move on to offshore and stopping the planned LNG plant which would import fracked gas from U.S. into North Kerry.

 A grassroot campaigner:

 "I just want to pass on my thanks to you for all
 your amazing work over the past six years. The
 Fracking Free Ireland website was an invaluable source of
 information, your newsletters always well presented, punctual and
 informative and your networking helped bring so many people
 together. S0 glad that the government *finally* saw sense and
 did the right thing by introducing a ban, even if it didn't
 cover offshore.
 Wish the campaign hadn't dragged on for so
 long, though, but hey we got there in the end and that's all
 that matters.Becoming the third country in the world to ban
 fracking is a massive achievement, and without the strong
 grassroots campaigning it would never have come about as you
 know well yourself."

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Ireland joined France, Germany and Bulgaria in banning fracking

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An anti-fracking campaign group in jubilant mood after the fracking Bill was passed banning all fracking in Ireland. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/oireachtas/ireland-joins-france-germany-and-bulgaria-in-banning-fracking-1.3137095

Hydraulic fracturing is set to be banned in Ireland after the Seanad passed legislation on Wednesday outlawing the practice.

The House supported a Private Members’ Bill originally introduced in the Dáil by Fine Gael TD Tony McLoughlin.

The Petroleum and Other Minerals Development (Prohibition of Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing) Bill 2016 was passed in the Dáil two weeks ago, and now goes to the President for signature.

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Fianna Fáil Private Member’s Motion in support of CETA

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Letter to FF TD’s bij Fracking Free Ireland -Brussels
FF support the anti fracking bill, but also support the CETA,

Dear Fianna Fáil TDs,

It has come to my attention that your party has introduced a Private Member’s Motion in support of CETA which will be debated in the Dáil this Tuesday evening, June 20.
http://www.oireachtas.ie/viewdoc.asp?DocID=36467&&CatID=62
It is hugely disappointing that one day before the legislation banning fracking is to be voted on by the Seanad that Fianna Fáil TDs – many of whom have spoken out against fracking praising the work of grassroots groups – should now seek to undermine these efforts. For those of you not yet aware, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada includes an investment protection mechanism granting rights to investors to sue states that choose to introduce policies or regulations protecting the public interest should these pose a threat to investors’ projected profits. Read more in this report: https://www.tni.org/files/publication-downloads/ceta-trading_away_democracy-2016en.pdf

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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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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

On shore Fracking Bill in Ireland

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http://www.advertiser.ie/galway/article/92848/fracking-ban-bill-passes-all-stages-in-the-dil

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Bill banning onshore fracking passed by Dáil

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Bill banning onshore fracking passed by Dáil

No offshore ban as Richard Boyd Barrett accuses Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil of ‘political machinations’

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/oireachtas/bill-banning-onshore-fracking-passed-by-d%C3%A1il-1.3103027

A fracking facility in Preston:  Ireland  will join four other EU member states – Scotland, France, Germany and Bulgaria – and regions of a number of countries in banning  fracking on land on land. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images

A fracking facility in Preston: Ireland will join four other EU member states – Scotland, France, Germany and Bulgaria – and regions of a number of countries in banning fracking on land on land. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images

 Ireland has moved a step closer to banning onshore hydraulic fracturing after the Dáil passed a Fine Gael private member’s Bill, one of the first to pass in the Dáil in this administration to ban the practice.

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

Schermafdruk 2017-04-29 14.06.21 geknipt

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