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.
When we think about global warming many of us immediately think about cars and industry ruining the planet, but does this tell the whole story? While transportation, including travel by road, sea and air, contributes over 13% of our annual CO2 emissions there is another factor, which we may not initially consider, but which has a bigger impact.
FORTY years ago an Irish priest set up an organisation to help the poor in Ireland and the developing world, but it would soon become one of the first to highlight the link between ‘big industry’, political apathy and environmental devastation.
There will be a very interesting event in Manorhamilton on Sat Nov 28th with anti-fracking activists from England, Spain and Ireland visiting to share their experiences on resisting fracking. It wont be all serious, there will be drama, music and dancing too and all free of charge. See the poster below and attached. Please help us to promote it in any way you can.
The New York state Health Department said fracking for natural gas can’t be done safely, dooming prospects that Governor Andrew Cuomo will end a six-year moratorium.
Acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said at a cabinet meeting in Albany today that studies on the extraction technique’s effects on water, air and soil are inconsistent, incomplete and raise too many “red flags” to allow. Continue reading →
Back in February 2010, we sent a request to NAMA seeking certain information under the Access to Information on the Environment (AIE) Regulations. NAMA had just been established. We sent a similar request to Anglo Irish Bank. Both rejected our requests on the basis that they did not see themselves as public authorities under those regulations. We disagreed. Continue reading →
Whose representatives? MEPs on the industry payroll
This report focuses on nine Members of the European Parliament whose second jobs or outside interests give rise to concerns over potential conflicts of interest. All nine MEPs hold paid positions in companies or business associations that directly or indirectly lobby EU decision-makers on current legislative files.
All the cases – some dating from the current parliament and some going back to its previous term – show that the MEP code of conduct is not yet robust enough, nor being applied strictly enough, to prevent potential conflicts of interest from arising. The report calls for a clear ban on MEPs holding outside jobs or other paid work that could lead to a conflict of interest, and for a number of other improvements to the parliament’s code of conduct.
This is a joint report with Corporate Europe Observatory and LobbyControl.
Update on June 18, 2015: After the publication of this report MEP Michał Boni contacted the author to clarify that he no longer has a paid role with the Polish business organisation Lewiatan. In his letter Mr Boni clarifies that his activities took place between January 2014 and June 2014. Mr Boni states:“I apologize for my incorrectly filled Declaration of the Member’s Financial Interests, which I submitted on July 1st, 2014”.
Friends of the Earth Europe, Corporate Europe Observatory and LobbyControl call on Mr Boni to rectify his Declaration of Financial Interest.