Live updates on Woodburn Forest debate

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Woodburn Forest 160509 2The Northern Ireland Assembly is debating a motion by Sinn Fein politicians, Oliver McMullan and Gerry Kelly, on InfraStrata’s drilling plans at Woodburn Forest in County Antrim. The drilling has been allowed under permitted development rights, without the need for planning permission, consultation or an environmental impact assessment. Check for live updates throughout the evening.

The motion is:

That this Assembly notes with concern the application by InfraStrata to drill at Woodburn Forest, County Antrim; recognises the concerns of residents in County Antrim over drilling proposals at the forest; and calls on the Executive to ensure that such applications are not approved until assurances are secured against any negative potential impacts on water supply, the environment, tourism and local communities.


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Amendment by Sinn Fein

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http://www.sinnfein.ie/files/2016/Petroleum_and_Other_Minerals_Development_%28Amendment%29_Bill_2016.pdf

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Exploration Licences: Oral Answers to Questions — Enterprise, Trade and Investment – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:15 pm on 14th March 2016

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Exploration Licences

Oral Answers to Questions — Enterprise, Trade and Investment – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:15 pm on 14th March 2016

David McNarry UKIP 2:15 pm, 14th March 2016

4. Mr McNarry asked the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment how many petroleum and natural gas exploration licences are operational in Northern Ireland. (AQO 9842/11-16)

Election 2016 – seats taken – How the three main parties lost their stranglehold on Irish politics – in just a decade

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http://www.thejournal.ie/election-2016/?utm_source=header

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.thejournal.ie/three-main-parties-rise-of-independents-sinn-fein-election-2016-2629283-Mar2016/
ThE SHARE OF TDs in the new Dáil coming from the three main parties – Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour – is the lowest it has ever been.

And more than one third (36%) of the representation in our national parliament belongs to Sinn Féin, Independents and smaller parties.
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14 new off shore licenses issued in the dying days of a government

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14 new off shore licenses issued in the dying days of a government – sound familiar? ‪#‎fracking‬ 2011

As the election squabble sideshow grabs the headlines, ownership of Irish natural resources is being handed over to foreign corporations

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http://www.dcenr.gov.ie/news-and-media/en-ie/Pages/PressRelease/2015-Atlantic-Margin-Oil-and-Gas-Exploration-Licensing-Round-Awards.aspx#
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EPA fracking report –

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http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/questions/reponses_qe/2015/015351/P8_RE(2015)015351_EN.pdf

Irish government rules out fracking in the Republic of Ireland

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http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/republic-of-ireland/irish-government-rules-out-fracking-in-the-republic-of-ireland-34298826.html

Read also:  Ireland aims to phase out fossil fuels by 2100!!!
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/ireland-aims-to-phase-out-fossil-fuels-by-2100-1.2469177

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EPA

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A campaigner has received a letter from EPA that states categorically that they were informed in October 2014 that Queen’s University were not part of the research consortium.  In June 2015, they went in front of the Joint Oireachtas Committee and gave details of how QUB were part of the Consortium, what tasks they were carrying out and details of their expertise!

An instance of a state agency lying to its own government?

Comment by a campaigner
Could this PDF (see further below) be posted online. It shows how naive those who have engaged with the EPA process have actually been. The word facilitators comes to mind.
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