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.
Infrastrata say they are not going to frack at Woodburn -Third Energy said the same in Nrth Yorkshire but now all that’s changed – these companies are very economical with the truth, or to put it another way, they lie.
The planners in the Council of Ryedale North Yorkshire yesterday voted to allow fracking company Third Energy to proceed despite huge local and international opposition in the form of peer reviewed scientific research, including health studies which resulted in New York state banning fracking in June 2015.
The Stop the Drill Campaign is raising awareness about the planned drill in the Woodburn Forest, only 380m uphill from a major drinking water reservoir and within a drinking water catchment area, putting this water at risk of contamination. In the interests of health, public participation and transparency we continue to highlight and challenge the major inaccuracies in the processing of this decision.
We question the role of NI Water, our only provider and regulator of our water supply, in leasing the site to an oil/gas company for up to 50 years.
Over 1800 streets will be affected including 705 streets across Belfast, 532 streets in Carrickfergus, 576 streets in Newtownabbey, 59 streets in Larne, 80 streets in Whitehead, 4 streets in Ballycarry and 1 street in Antrim.
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Dorisland Water Works receives water from all four reservoirs starting with the most upstream North Woodburn. It and South Woodburn reservoir are both ASSIs (Areas of Special Scientific Interest)
16 Feb 2016
Protestors say they will maintain a presence at the site of a proposed exploratory oil well in Co Antrim.
Work had been expected to begin at Woodburn Forest, near Carrickfergus, this week. So far no work has started.
A small number of protesters are in place at the site along with a modest police presence.
Campaigners object because it is within the catchment of a reservoir. They claim it could impact on the water supply to thousands of homes.
Northern Ireland Water, which has leased the site, has said it believes the project does not pose a risk.