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All about Renewable energy and the export to the UK – scroll down and/or visit: http://www.greenwire.ie/ www.EnergyBridge.ie www.friendsofthesupergrid.eu
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BCSEA Webinar: 100% Renewables – Powering states, countries and the world with water, wind, and sun .A recording is available at – http://www.bcsea.org/past-webinars

Plans for wind farms in Co. Mayo, storage hub on the Glinsk Mountain etc. see Fracking Matters Newsletter 32-13 (122)

 


anti fracking activistshttp://www.impartialreporter.com/news/roundup/articles/2013/12/05/403271-antifracking-activists-from-across-ireland-to-gather-in-enniskillen/  (5 dec. 2013)

 

 

 

 

 

COUNTY DONEGAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN
Plan 2012-2018

FOREWORD

On behalf of the Elected Members of Donegal County Council, I am delighted to introduce the County Donegal Development Plan 2012-2018. The purpose of this plan is to help achieve the sustainable  development of Donegal, where the quality of life in the County is exceptional, with the pristine  scenery of mountain, lakes and seashore, together with a wide range of quality services to attract  both investors and tourists to the area.
Donegal is part of a large sub region with Derry City, involving the entire north west portion of the  island of Ireland. It creates a critical mass that supports a variety of health, educational, retail, social  and community facilities that, together with the opportunities presented by Project Kelvin and the  availability of a highly skilled workforce, all contribute to making the County an attractive place in  which to invest, work and live.
This plan seeks to position Donegal so that it benefits from the new ways by which we will earn our  living in a competitive world. We must house a rising population, which is living longer and wants to  make new choices. We must respond to the changes that new technologies offer us and ensure that it  benefits our social, community, cultural and environmental wellbeing. This plan recognises that our  historic environment – buildings, landscapes, towns and villages – can better be cherished if their  spirit of place thrives, rather than withers and it seeks to direct significant development quantum to
locations that has the capacity to sustain it.
This plan is about helping to make positive growth happen in a sustainable way that encourages  economic, environmental and social progress for this and future generations. Development that is  sustainable should go ahead, without delay – a presumption in favour of sustainable development is  the basis of this plan. This framework sets out clearly what could make a proposed development  unsustainable and it represents a creative exercise in finding ways to enhance and improve the places  in which we live our lives.
Cllr Noel McBride
Meara Chontae Dhún na nGall
June 2012

Chapter 7
Natural Resource Development
Page 110

E-P-8  It is a policy of Donegal County Council that the process of Hydraulic Fracturing (or fracking) will not be permitted within the County of Donegal. Therefore, this Council will  not allow the intrusive shale gas extraction practices.
http://www.donegalcoco.ie/NR/rdonlyres/9247A944-BD8A-43E9-9007-AD8D0E5A0A19/0/CDP20122018CoreDoc.pdf


Donegal develoment plan 2012

http://www.donegalnow.com/sp/article_manager/detail/exclusive_council_will_not_ban_fracking_in_development_plan  (30 May 2012)

pressurehttp://www.leitrimobserver.ie/news/local-news/pressure-on-council-to-ban-fracking-1-5711028

(29 November 2013)

Last week the EPA invited tenders for their two year research into the impacts of fracking, but next week anti-frackers will again return to Leitrim County Council seeking a countywide ban on the procedure.

The Environmental Protection Agency has called fracking an “emerging issue”, their two-year research programme will investigate the potential impacts on the environment and human health from Unconventional Gas Exploration & Extraction (fracking) projects and operations, including construction, operation and aftercare.

The public consultation on the Terms of Reference for the research received a large number of submissions expressing “concerns and general opposition to fracking, calling for a ‘ban on fracking in Ireland’ until more information is available about the potential environmental and health impacts.” The EPA said concerns related to “water resource depletion, water contamination, air and noise emissions, traffic, farming and tourism.”

The research programme will be managed by a committee comprising the EPA, DCENR; Geological Survey of Ireland; the Commission for Energy Regulation; An Bord Pleanála; NI Environment Agency, Geological Survey of NI and the HSE (nominated, following the Public Consultation).

A statement from No Fracking Ireland said, they fear “that the research study being administered by the EPA will be used to formulate policy for onshore unconventional oil and gas exploration and extraction.”

“Fracking is an inherently flawed process. Communities across the world are being sold this industry by the suppression of information and by being told it will be “tightly regulated”, this unfortunately is what we fear will happen here. The industry is short-term, boom bust business, simply designed to make a lot of money for an elite few and in the process it inevitably leaves a trail of destruction.

Campaigners will be gathering at Leitrim County Council offices on Monday December 2 to encourage the council to do “the right thing” and follow Donegal County Council’s example by inserting a clause into the county development plan to “ban unconventional oil and gas exploration and extraction in County Leitrim.” There will be pressure on councillors to vote for the new clause.

The United Farmers Association are supporting this vote. They said it is a “vital issue” and it “will be brought to the attention of voters at election time.”

Ireland is really the garden

Ireland is really the garden of Europe –http://www.thejournal.ie/eurostat-ireland-covered-by-the-most-grasslands-in-europe-1148673-Oct2013/
32 beautiful images of Ireland
These photographs across the country remind us just how wonderful this island can be, despite the rain.
http://www.thejournal.ie/32-beautiful-images-of-ireland-from-2012-736434-Dec2012/

court rulingCourt rulling  (FMN 125)
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/court-ruling-a-setback-for-a-project-which-has-overrun-on-costs-and-time-1.1561962

major fossil fuel reserves irish news 2

 

Major fossil fuel reserves must be left in the ground, senior diplomat warnshttp://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/sep/23/fossil-fuel-reserves-left-in-ground?CMP=twt_gu

 

 

 

 

Rural Minister Rules Out Fracking
http://www.4ni.co.uk/northern_ireland_news.asp?id=169763

Northern Ireland’s Agricultural Minister Michelle O’Neill has said that no fracking will take place on any land owned by her department.

The announcement followed a question by Minister O’Neill’s colleague in Sinn Féin, Phil Flanagan.

The scope of the statement includes the Forest Service, which accounts for 30,690 acres.

Minister O’Neill said: “During my time as Minister of this Department I would not agree to fracking taking place on land owned by my department.”

Hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’, is a controversial method of releasing natural gas from the earth by drilling and injecting fluid at a high pressure.

Environmental campaign groups have warned the process could cause irreparable damage to the earth and the surrounding environment.

Welcoming the commitment, Mr Flanagan said: “This is a very positive move and demonstrates Sinn Féin’s commitment to opposing fracking anywhere in Ireland.

“The risks associated with fracking have long been debated and it is widely accepted across Ireland that fracking is not in the best interests of our people, of our environment or of our economy.

“Fracking poses a very real risk to the success of our farming industry, which is vital in counties like Fermanagh & Leitrim.

“It is therefore very welcome that the Minister with responsibility for protecting the agriculture sector, forestry and rural development has vowed to block any proposals to allow fracking to take place on any of her department’s lands.”

NI agriculture minister to blcok fracking on the department land http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-24325238

Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill has said she will attempt to block any plans to use “fracking” on land owned by her department.

Fracking is a controversial method of extracting gas from shale rock.

Australian mining company Tamboran has been granted a licence to explore for gas in the border counties of Fermanagh and Leitrim.

The licence area covers thousands of acres of forestry land owned by the Department of Agriculture.

If approval is sought to extract the gas using hydraulic fracturing or fracking, the minister said her department would have to be consulted.

In a letter to her party colleague, assembly member Phil Flanagan, Mrs O’Neill said she would not agree to fracking taking place on land owned by the department.

She said she was both “personally and politically concerned” about the process and any potential impact it could have on the environment.

 

organic farming action plan

OrganicFarmingActionPlan230813

Minister Hayes launches action plan – http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/press/pressreleases/2013/august/title,71429,en.html

 

natural gas - tony bazley

Interview: – http://www.naturalgaseurope.com/tony-bazley-tamboran-resources-ireland-shale-gas

Full article: Tony Bazley August 27th

No unconventional Gas Regulation in Republic of Irelandhttp://thegasmancometh.wordpress.com/2013/07/23/no-unconventional-gas-regulation-in-republic-of-ireland/

 

Enegi Oil able to cover cost of its share of Fyne development, broker says
Enegi Oil (LON:ENEG) will be able to pay for its share of the Fyne field development costs without dilution, according to Shore Capital.
The company is set to acquire a 25% stake in the North Sea oilfield following a deal with Antrim Energy (LON:AEY).
http://beforeitsnews.com/financial-markets/2013/07/enegi-oil-able-to-cover-cost-of-its-share-of-fyne-development-broker-says-2575032.html

Enegi strikes deal with Antrim to extract oil from the North Sea

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/business/business-news/enegi-oil-strikes-deal-antrim-4805470

enegi-oil-fyne-field-farm-in-2-july-2013   pdf

 

Fracked off farmers unite with activists

 Love Leitrim Tractor Run in New Internationalist http://newint.org/blog/2013/06/24/fracking-farmers-ireland/

G8

Enniskillen G8 protest

Belfast istanbulderylin, we will win –

http://www.impartialreporter.com/news/roundup/articles/2013/06/20/401360-belfast-istanbul-derrylin-we-will-win-sing-protesters/

Home-grown protest strikes a different chord to previous G8 encounters

http://www.impartialreporter.com/news/roundup/articles/2013/06/20/401364-homegrown-protest-strikes-a-different-chord-to-previous-g8-encounters/

No fracking ‘should be G8 legacy’- http://www.impartialreporter.com/news/roundup/articles/2013/06/19/401350-no-fracking-should-be-g8-legacy/

No fracking in County Fermanagh should be the G8 legacy, a Sinn Fein Councillor has said.

Councillor Barry Doherty said: “Perhaps as a legacy of this G8 conference the people aided by willing, informed representatives will create enough momentum to stop and ban this process [fracking] and make those intent on forcing it through see some sense”.

Mr. Doherty applauded the campaigners who came to Fermanagh for the G8 summit and who along with many from inside the county left no one in any doubt that fracking is not wanted in Fermanagh or anywhere in Ireland.

Councillor Doherty took part in the protest march and has praised participants and onlookers for the carnival atmosphere they created along the route of the march.

Video Flotillas

http://www.impartialreporter.com/news/roundup/articles/2013/06/17/401333-video-local-flotillas-antifracking-message-to-g8-leaders/

Border Rally against frackinghttp://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/border-rally-against-fracking-1.1430831

Ireland’s €24 billion food and drink industry could be put at risk if fracking gets the go-ahead, a farm leader warned yesterday as hundreds of farm families gathered close to the Border to highlight concerns about the controversial method of shale gas extraction.

As the G8 delegations started to gather in Enniskillen yesterday, close to 60 tractors were involved in a “slow drive” to the renowned Ballroom of Romance in the Border village of Glenfarne, 25km away.

John Sheridan of the Ulster Farmers’ Union said the industry had spent a long time recovering from BSE, foot-and-mouth disease and a dioxin scare, and could not afford another crisis.

“Three of the five biggest infant milk producers in the world are based on the island of Ireland,” he said. “The food and drink industry is worth €24 billion in the South and probably close to €30 billion North and South – and fracking could ruin that industry.”

Key election issue

Pat Gilhooley, chairman of the Leitrim branch of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) predicted that this would be a key issue in next year’s local elections. “We have to turn up the heat,” he said. “The IFA is a lobby group which represents 90,000 people and I can assure you of our full support.”

Michael Gallagher, a farmer and member of the Love Leitrim group which campaigns against fracking, said farmers were worried about the risk to water and to their livestock from chemicals .

His farm is in Kiltyclogher, close to the family home of the 1916 leader Seán MacDiarmada, a distant relative.

“I often wonder what he [MacDiarmada] would think if he knew they wanted to frack under his home,” he said.

Eddie Mitchell, an organiser of yesterday’s rally, said it was crucial to show solidarity with people in Fermanagh who were further along the road in the licensing process.

“I think people wrongly believe that this is an issue which is confined to Leitrim and Fermanagh, but it will have an impact throughout the country ,” said Mr Mitchell .

Festive atmosphere

There was a festive atmosphere at the Ballroom of Romance, the inspiration for the William Trevor short story of the same name, as families gathered with a selection of “Not for Shale” and “Farming Not Fracking” placards .

“A lot of people thought it was a good way to spend Father’s Day, as after all what could be more important for families,” said Dervilla Keegan of the Love Leitrim group.

“The G8 people may not know we are here but it is important to make a statement,” said Mr Gallagher.

Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkCR3JL6K4Y

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Fracking in Fermanaghhttp://www.ernstversusencana.ca/film-premiere-fracking-in-fermanagh-outlines-devastating-effects-of-fracking-on-rural-communities

Film premiere ‘Fracking in Fermanagh outlines ‘devastating’ effects of fracking on rural communities
All about the movie on Jessica’s website. Thanks!

 

Enegi Oil awards 10.3m optionshttp://www.stockmarketwire.com/article/4610827/Enegi-Oil-awards-10-point-3m-options.html

pensionNational Pension Reserve Fund Commissionhttp://ubuntuone.com/3Ji6PDBgGQz7CT5wAmelCp

http://www.leitrimobserver.ie/news/local/anti-fracking-postcard-and-poster-campaign-1-5140902

 

 

 

 

http://www.indymedia.ie/article/103713

Leitrim Observer postcard

You Drank Your Water – Postcard Campaign by North West Network Against Fracking

 

 

 

 

 

Village magazineGreat Gas in Clare and Leitrimhttp://www.villagemagazine.ie/index.php/2013/02/great-gas-in-clare-and-leitrim/

READ COMMENT BY CHARLIE  and SIAN

pAT rABIT irish journal

 

 

Rabbitte: Fracking could be good for Ireland – but only if it’s safe enough

The natural resources minister also denies suggestions that Ireland is “giving away” its oil and gas reserves.- http://www.thejournal.ie/pat-rabbitte-fracking-ireland-931018-Jun2013/

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NI

Plans by Tamboran for Hydraulic Fracturing for Shale Gashttps://sites.google.com/site/frackingfreedocumentsireland/deti-2013/plans-by-tamboran-for-hydraulic-fracturing-for-shale-gas

Actor IT

 

Actor Alec Baldwin challenges Irish filmmaker to fracking debate  (FMN 110)

Star labels Phelim McAleer a ’dreadful filmmaker’ over pro-fracking film – http://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/actor-alec-baldwin-challenges-irish-filmmaker-to-fracking-debate-1.1416521

 

FrackNation Deploys Tobacco Playbook in Response to Gasland 2http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/06/04/fracknation-deploys-tobacco-playbook-in-response-to-gasland-2/

by STEVE HORN

Big Oil has deployed the “Tobacco Playbook” once again, this time in response to the release of “Gasland 2.”

It comes in the form of a documentary film titled, “FrackNation,” whose co-directors’ funding in the past came from Donors Capital and Donors Trust, referred to by Mothers Jones‘ Andy Kroll as “the dark-money ATM of the right” and a major source of funding for climate change denial.

fracking documentary screening

 

Fracking Documentary Screening – http://www.kulr8.com/story/22464276/fracking-documentary-screening

 

 

 

 

Where is the stink coming from?http://www.presseurop.eu/en/content/article/3821861-where-stink-coming

Meanwhile, three journalists, two from Ireland and one from Poland, set out to address what they believed was misinformation about the process of shale gas hydrofracking. Their film, FrackNation, was crowd-funded through the Kickstarter website, raising its target of $150,000 (€116,018) within just three weeks, the average donation being $60. The makers of FrackNation made it clear from the very beginning that their goal was to prove that shale gas was a safe and viable energy source. In the first place, however, they sought to verify the anti-fracking claims made by Gasland. They found numerous inconsistencies in the latter, as well as some outright untruths.

Ocean fm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deputy expresses concerns over Minister’s fracking comments
http://oceanfm.ie/sp/article_manager/detail/deputy_expresses_concerns_over_ministers_fracking_comments

GEOLOGICAL SURVEY  of NI – briefing

Plans by Tamboran for HF for SG-ETI

http://ubuntuone.com/2rQqLbp69KEYSNbDySAWKl

1.5 Tamboran’s proposed work plan

Tamboran’s outline work programme is summarised in their Licence, Appendix B.

The specific details are not yet developed although it is thought that they will shortly

apply to DETI to drill a vertical stratigraphic borehole for rock sampling right through

the section, perhaps to a depth of 1200 m.

woods

 

If you go http://philipboucher-hayes.com/2013/05/23/if-you-go-down-to-the-woods-today/  24 May 2013

Loopheadhttp://www.irishtimes.com/news/loop-head-takes-the-holiday-crown-in-irish-times-competition-1.1406995  (fmn 109)

DKThe many reasons to visit and fall for Lovely Leitrim http://www.irishcentral.com/roots/-The-many-reasons-to-visit-and-fall-for-Lovely-Leitrim-in-the-year-of-The-Gathering-207896411.html?mob-ua=Y

The Wind Blows Harder where the Sun Don’t Shine http://skepteco.wordpress.com/2013/03/13/the-wind-blows-harder-where-the-sun-dont-shine/      (May 2013)

Last week the UCC Environmental Society hosted a public information evening on fracking. Speakers were:Jeremy Gilbert, BP’s chief petroleum engineer from 1989-2001, and now managing director of Barrelmore Ltd in West Cork; Dr. Aedin McLoughlin and Liam Breslin of Good Energy Alliance Ireland, (GEAI) a Leitrim-based anti-fracking activist group. Bernie Connolly from the Cork Environmental Forum chaired the discussion.

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opinionWhen it comes to climate change – opinion by Eamon Ryan

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/when-it-comes-to-climate-change-shell-is-backing-the-wrong-horse-1.1388785  (14 May 2013 ) FMN 107

 

gas

 

Bord Gáis Networks considers €200m cost of interconnectors

Pipes that import 90% of gas used here not designed to allow exports to Britainhttp://www.irishtimes.com/business/sectors/energy-and-resources/bord-g%C3%A1is-networks-considers-200m-cost-of-interconnectors-1.1398051  (18 May 2013) FMN 107

minister

 

Ministerhttp://www.rte.ie/news/2013/0517/450904-minister-does-not-expect-energy-price-increases/  (17 May 2013)  FMN 107

 

 

an taisce

 

 

antaisce_fracking_newsletter

 

colreavey

 

 

 

Colreavy launches bill to ban fracking http://www.leitrimobserver.ie/news/local/colreavy-launches-bill-to-ban-fracking-1-5096504

 

 

Uk shale gas might not depress pricesUK shale gas might not depress pricess – http://www.irishtimes.com/business/sectors/energy-and-resources/uk-shale-gas-might-not-depress-prices-1.1373097  (fmn 105)

 

 

green light

 

Green lighr for fracking from EChttp://www.independent.ie/irish-news/green-light-for-fracking-from-ec-29217523.html (24  April)

 

 

 

Oettinger talks up Europe’s shale gas potential

The EU should develop at least some of its shale gas resources to deal with the impact on competiveness of the US fracking boom, energy commissioner Günther Oettinger said at a ministerial meeting in Dublin on Wednesday.

“More member states are interested, open, not inactive or defensive,” Mr Oettinger said, signalling his strong support for developing Europe’s resources using the controversial hydraulic fracturing technique.

The EU executive will provide expertise and legal frameworks to support exploration and production while balancing environmental concerns, he added, pointing out that greater use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) will also be needed.

The difference between US and EU gas prices is now at a factor of 1:4.

Irish energy minister Pat Rabbitte agreed that the EU will have to deal with the “transformative impact” of the US shale boom. “Europe cannot afford to put its head in the sand and ignore the impact of what has happened,” he said.

A consultation on how the EU should deal with the environmental impacts of shale gas closed at the end of March. It received more than 23,000 responses and the results are unlikely to be made public until the end of June, an official said.

By the end of the year the European Commission will bring forward proposals but it has not yet decided whether these would be in the form of an overarching framework for shale gas development, or a set of amendments to existing legislation.

The commission does not have the power to propose a ban on fracking, but could put forward measures such as those already in place for oil drilling, the official said. A stakeholder meeting will be held in June in Brussels.

In France, business association MEDEF called for an end to the country’s ban on fracking, saying shale gas production could help protect competitiveness. But environment minister Delphine Batho said there would be no U-turn. “There are other alternatives to improve competitiveness such as green growth”, the minister noted.

Ministers in Dublin also discussed the recently tabled green paper on 2030 climate and energy targets. Mr Oettinger said a policy package was likely to be adopted in 2015. According to Pat Rabbitte, the new regime may have to “acknowledge geographic disparities” and allow EU countries to “play to their strengths”.

While the UK government wants a single decarbonisation target for 2030 and no more binding obligations for renewables, France would prefer multiple targets to continue. The UK could more easily meet a decarbonisation target than a renewables one and is already not on track to meet its 2020 renewables obligations.

Follow-up:

Irish presidency statement  (http://eu2013.ie/news/news-items/20130424postenergypr/) and video gallery

game changer

 

Minister calls shale gas a game changer for Ireland – http://www.thegwpf.org/minister-calls-shale-gas-game-changer-ireland/

Watch and listen toDeborah Rogers. She’ll tell you something about “10 to 20 or more Trillion cubic feet” of gas.

Comment::This is from a climate denial organisation  –  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate_change_denial
(…)  In Requiem for a Species: Why We Resist the Truth about Climate Change (2010), Clive Hamilton describes a campaign to attack the science relating to climate change, originating with the astroturfing campaigns initiated by the tobacco industry in the 1990s.(…)

           As one tobacco company memo noted: “Doubt is our product since it is the best  means of competing with the “body of fact” that exists in the mind of the general public. It is also the means of establishing a controversy.”[33] As the 1990s progressed … TASSC began receiving donations from Exxon (among other oil companies) and its “junk science” website began to carry material attacking climate change science.

(…) After the Cold War ended, they continued through the Marshall Institute to campaign against environmental issues from acid rain, the ozone hole, second-hand smoke and the dangers of DDT on to a campaign against global warming. In each case their argument was the same: simply that the science was too uncertain to justify any government intervention in the market place. It is only recently, Oreskes said, that historians such as her have been able to ‘join the dots’: Individual environmental scientists, finding opposition to their warnings about ozone layer depletion or DDT residues, were at the time unaware that the same institute was using the same arguments at the same time against other scientists who were warning about the dangers of smoking, of second-hand smoke, and about climate change itself.
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Requiem for a Species:
Requiem for a Species: Why We Resist the Truth about Climate Change is a 2010 book by Australian academic Clive Hamilton which explores climate change denial and its implications. It argues that climate change will bring about large-scale, harmful consequences for habitability for life on Earth including humans, which it is too late to prevent.[1][2] Hamilton explores why politicians, corporations and the public deny or refuse to act on this reality. He invokes a variety of explanations, including wishful thinking, ideology, consumer culture and active lobbying by the fossil fuel industry. (More FMN 106)
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minister game changer

 Minister calls shale gas a game changer for Ireland http://www.utilityproducts.com/news/2013/04/27/minister-calls-shale-gas-a-game-changer-for-ireland.html

 

tamboran

 

Tamboran welcomes minister’s comments– http://www.shannonside.ie/news/tamboran-welcomes-ministers-comments/

 

ENERGY DUBLIN

 

 

Competitiveness and Security of Supply central as EU Energy Ministers build towards 2030- http://eu2013.ie/news/news-items/20130424postenergypr/

 

leitrim observer forfasLeitrim Obeserver http://www.leitrimobserver.ie/news/local/fracking-promoted-to-reduce-energy-costs-1-5004954

Report Forfas, read page 68- 71 08042013-Costs_of_Doing_Business_2012-Publication

 

 

The Irish Times – Fracking hasn’t gone away you know – http://www.irishtimes.com/business/sectors/energy-and-resources/fracking-hasn-t-gone-away-you-know-1.1357444

corribBrussels queries State’s licensing of seismic surveys

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/european-commission-questions-state-licensing-of-seismic-surveys-1.1345781 (Irish Times, 2 april, fmn 102)

The European Commission has asked the Government to explain why seismic surveying currently under way off the west coast is not subject to the requirements of EU directives on environmental impact.

Comment by a campaigner

I am writing in relation to the article on fracking published in the February-March 2013 edition of The Village.

Firstly, thank you very much for highlighting this important issue.

I have a few comments to make on the content of the article, and I hope you will take them as constructive comments, not criticism.

While there is nothing factually wrong with the two statements on Enegi and Tamboran’s claims of gas estimates (the companies did make these statements), perhaps a mention of the fact that these estimates have been brought into question by expert geologists would have added depth and balance to the article. (See http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/finance/2012/1011/1224325145665.html and http://www.friendsoftheirishenvironment.net/paperstoday/index.php?do=paperstoday&action=view&id=15289)

The story about the Halliburton executive drinking the glass of fracking fluid turned out not to be true – see http://www.salon.com/2013/02/13/drinking_the_fracking_kool_aid/.

It is true that the government will be citing the importance of energy security, jobs and revenue when they talk about fracking. However Ireland is not likely to benefit from any of these things.

Fracking is an economic bubble – http://www.policymic.com/articles/26918/the-next-wall-street-crisis-is-the-fracking-bubble

Benefits of energy security and revenue are myths, due to Ireland’s natural resource regulations – http://irishoilandgas.wordpress.com/2012/01/26/submission/

And areas that have been fracked have experienced that most jobs are taken by outsiders, who travel from well to well. Local jobs are unskilled and short-term. http://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/boomtown/

Of course the national fracking campaign appreciates any media coverage of the grassroots action that is taking place at the moment! However, the website what-the-frack.org that is cited in the article as being the base of the ‘western-based fracking alliance’ unfortunately has been defunct for over a year. The site with up-to-date information on the national fracking campaign is frackingfreeireland.org.

If you could publish a small note in your next magazine pointing readers to the correct website for the fracking campaign it would be very much appreciated.

foeI

 

Press release Friend of the Earth: – http://www.foe.ie/news/2013/02/26/government-bill-too-weak-to-deliver-lowcarbon-ireland/ Draft schedule bill – http://www.environ.ie/en/Publications/Environment/ClimateChange/FileDownLoad,32468,en.pdf

LoveLeitrim1

 

TD’s Michael Colreavy and Mattie McGrath and two Love Leitrim campaigners.

Colreavy  said that he will urge the minister not to issue an exploration license before a full study of the EPA report.

Only TD’s who are on our side were willing to leave the building and sign our application letters not to frack Ireland

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Confirmation Enegi has applied for an exploration licence- Press release 21/2 http://enegioil.com/admin/data/uploads/pdf/news/2013/enegi-oil-application-for-exploration-licence-21-february-2013.pdf Allthough: Geologist casts doubt on shale gas claimshttp://www.friendsoftheirishenvironment.net/paperstoday/index.php?do=paperstoday&action=view&id=15289 the main goal of these companies is to attract investment, gas or no gas.

http://www.naturalgaseurope.com/enegi-oil-ireland-clare-basin-shale-gas-exploration-license

Enegi oil search irish shale gas –    www.shelltosea.com/content/enegi-oil-search-irish-shale-gas

gasman

 

No Petroleum Prospecting Licences issued for Shale gas http://thegasmancometh.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/no-petroleum-prospecting-licences-issued-for-shale-gas-companies-in-republic-of-ireland/

Options Licence Agreements http://thegasmancometh.wordpress.com/tamborans-options-licence/ TamboranLicence :  The Licence agreement signed indicating a PPL is required.  Enegi and LANGCO have similar conditions. EnegiLicence LangcoLicence ———————————————————————————————————————————————–

christy mooreCheck out Christy Moore’s facebook page. He has over 1077 likes for a photo of himself and his mate wearing a farming not fracking t-shirt. If we share it, we might cause it to go viral. http://www.facebook.com/officialchristymoore?fref=ts T shirts available from Love Leitrim. Contact: Nuala loveleitrim@gmail.com

calls

 

 

http://www.leitrimobserver.ie/news/calls-made-for-public-bodies-to-make-position-on-fracking-known-1-4811225 ______________________________________________________________________________________________

Attwood urgeshttp://www.elp.com/news/2013/02/18/attwood-urges-public-participation-in-all-ireland-hydraulic-fracturing-consultation.html

Fracking and coal change global equation http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/world/2013/0219/1224330204568.html   19 Feb. 2013     (fmn 98)

http://www.fermanaghsouthtyronesf.com/news/23616  (29 Jan 2013) Call for fracking to be bannedhttp://www.constructionireland.ie/construction_news.asp?newsid=157593

Geologist casts doubt on shale gas claims

A geologist has cast doubt on claims that there is a vast reservoir of shale gas in west Clare of up to 3.86trn cubic feet. Last night, three geologists addressed a group in the west Clare resort of Kilkee who are opposing plans by a British–based energy company, Enegi, to commence fracking to extract the shale gas in west Clare. In December, Enegi had published a study which found recoverable resource estimates for the area to between 1.49trn cubic feet and 3.86trn cubic feet of shale gas. However, senior lecturer at UCD Peter Haughton said he would not be as optimistic as Enegi in terms of the reserves. “They have to talk it up and be bullish and optimistic about the reserves in order to attract investment,” said Dr Haughton. “It is early days and the data supporting what Enegi is claiming is not in the public domain.” He said fracking in the right place with the right regulations “is okay”. West Clare–based consultant geologist Martin McKeown said Enegi’s estimates “could be realistic but there are more likely to be unrealistic”. Mr McKeown pointed out Enegi has yet to drill a borehole in the area: “I hope they see sense and the arguments against the plan.” Enegi is due to lodge its application for an exploration licence to the Department of Energy before the end of February. http://www.friendsoftheirishenvironment.net/paperstoday/index.php?do=paperstoday&action=view&id=15289

fermanagh

 

Fermanagh – http://www.impartialreporter.com/news/roundup/articles/2013/02/01/399725-fermanagh-meeting-hears-of-fracking-health-risk/ Fracking’s rise in U.S. inspires the world – http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jan/24/frackings-rise-in-us-inspires-the-world/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS (…) Following in the footsteps of similar American groups, Irish environmentalist opponents of fracking have started “Fracking Free Ireland.” The group’s motto: “Keep the frogs in and the frackers out.”  (…) Fracking’s rise in us inspires the world pdf

 

gasWill the government…. http://thegasmancometh.wordpress.com/2013/01/21/will-the-government-listen-to-the-scientists-lough-allen-basin-too-shallow-to-frack/ Senior medic give Fermanagh talk on fracking impacthttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-21240618  (28 January 2013)

Tamboran plans to begin fracking in Fermanagh in 2014http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-18618030  (28 June 2013)

Eu open consultation http://www.longfordleader.ie/news/business/eu-open-consultation-process-on-shale-gas-and-fracking-1-4694290  (20 January 2013)

http://greenparty.ie/news.html?n=159

geai epa report

http://goodenergiesalliance.com/2013/01/13/press-release-epa-report-on-fracking-whitewash/ UGEEStudy_ProposedTechDesc  pdf

epaEPA Press release: http://www.epa.ie/news/pr/2012/name,40762,en.html Public Consultation on proposed Terms of Reference for a Programme of Research on Environmental Impacts of Unconventional Gas Exploration & Extraction 11 January 2013: Unconventional Gas Exploration and Extraction is an emerging issue in Ireland, in particular with regard to the use of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) technology. Recognising the need for detailed scientific information, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) initially commissioned preliminary desk research which was published in May 2012. This information has been used, along with other sources such as European Commission reports, to assist in a scoping exercise for a more extensive and comprehensive study of the process. A steering committee has developed proposed Terms of Reference for an extensive and comprehensive programme of research and the EPA has now launched a public consultation on the draft Terms of Reference document on behalf of the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee comprises the EPA; Department of Environment, Community & Local Government; Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources; the Geological Survey of Ireland; Commission for Energy Regulation; An Bord Pleanála; Northern Ireland Environment Agency and the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland. Interested parties are invited to submit written comments by 8th March 2013. The public consultation will ensure that this programme of research delivers a thorough and robust examination of the issues. It is proposed to award funding for research in three areas:  Baseline Characterisation;  Fracking Operations, Impacts & Mitigation Measures;  Regulatory Framework for Environmental Protection. Outputs from this research will assist regulators (North and South) in fulfilling their statutory roles regarding this activity. Public Consultation Process A dedicated e-mail address, UGEEconsultation@epa.ie, has been set up to receive all submissions on the Terms of Reference document. Interested parties and individuals are invited to submit comments to the EPA using this e-mail address only. Submissions cannot be considered if:  They are submitted after the deadline of 26th February 2013;  They do not relate to the contents of the document;  They contain personal accusations, irrelevant or offensive statements/material. A sub-group of the Steering Committee will assess all valid submissions and take them into account when finalising Terms of Reference for the research programme. All valid submissions will be made available upon request (individuals who wish to remain anonymous should note this point). The EPA expects to commission the programme of research in mid-2013 and intends publishing a number of interim reports while the programme is underway. It is likely that the research programme will take two years to complete. A final report will then be published. The research programme will be co-funded by the EPA, the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. The document, Proposed Terms of Reference for EPA/DCENR/NIEA Research Programme on Environmental Impacts of Unconventional Gas Exploration & Extraction, (link) is available on the EPA website. The preliminary desk study report, Hydraulic Fracturing (‘Fracking’): A Short Summary of Current Knowledge and Potential Environmental Impacts, (link) is also available on the EPA website. It provides a general introduction to the environmental aspects of fracking, including a review of regulatory approaches used in other countries, and areas for further investigation and research. ENDS Further information: Niamh Hatchell/Emily Williamson EPA Media Relations Office 053-9170770 (24 hours) or media@epa.ie Niamh Hatchell EPA Media Relations Officer PO Box 3000 Johnstown Castle Estate Co Wexford Ph: 00353 53 917 0744

No Backing for Fracking – http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/letters/2012/1228/1224328225731.html

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/letters/2012/1231/1224328278628.html

Fracking risks – http://www.irishnews.com/news/fracking-risk-s-significant-environmental-health-expert-1219354

Oil and gas discoverieshttp://www.independent.ie/business/irish/oil-and-gas-discoveries-to-energise-recovery-of-the-economy-3339904.html  (1st January 2013)

Giving away family silverhttp://www.irishexaminer.com/business/giving-away-family-silver-or-reaping-a–218219.html  (1st January 2013) Comment by a campaigner: Dear Mr Hearne, In your piece “Giving away family silver or reaping a bonanza?” published Tuesday, January 1, 2013, you state “The stage is set for another Corrib-style stand-off.” Your statement is a blatant attempt to localise the nature of an activity whose negative impacts will be felt far beyond its licenced areas. You display a rather poor understanding of the scale of proposed shale gas development in Ireland. Firstly, let’s do something journalists used to do in the good ol’ days: report the facts. First, some 1,600 square kilometres (419,832 acres) are licenced for shale gas extraction in the north west (Lough Allen Basin) and another 495 square kilometres(122,317 acres) in the south west (Clare Basin). What this means is thousands of concrete well pads each seven acres in size and containing up to 24 gas wells each placed two kilometres apart, accompanied by radioactive wastewater pits the size of Olympic-sized swimming pools to contain the huge volumes of flowback water used in the fracking process, noisy compressor stations running 24/7 and heavy tanker traffic on rural roads. So you may have guessed by now that this is not your conventional gas drilling; unconventional gas development is a spatially intense activity requiring large scale industrialisation, the likes of which Ireland will never have seen. It is spatially intense because the gas is trapped in tiny pockets in the shale (or in some cases, sandstone) layers, and if extraction of the gas is to be any way economically viable large surface areas need to be exploited; there is no such thing as small scale unconventional gas development. Second, the technique used to fracture rock is referred to as high-volume slick water horizontal hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) and has only been around for the best part of a decade, not for 60 years as the industry likes to have us believe. You might want to employ the precise term when reporting on this issue in the future so as to avoid any confusion among your readers. If the Irish government greenlights shale gas, we can wave goodbye to our indigenous, sustainable industries of farming, agri-food and tourism, each of which generates billions of euro more in revenue than shale gas development ever will. As we know from North America and Australia, these three industries have been badly hit due to the large scale industrialisation that comes part and parcel of unconventional gas development. Unless we find ways to farm on concrete well pads or expect tourists to visit landscapes blighted by hideous concrete well pads and equally hideous ancillary infrastructure, farming and tourism are set to lose millions in revenue and will be hit by significant job losses. So while the industry may not operate in every county, the negative economic impacts will certainly be felt nationally. For a small island economy, Ireland is playing Russian roulette if it grants licences to this ‘loot and scoot’ industry, the nature of which is certain to drive our country into further economic ruin.

tamboranNotes from the shale gas trenches

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.naturalgaseurope.com/tamboran-resources-richard-moorman-shale-gas-ireland?utm_source=Natural+Gas+Europe+Newsletter&utm_campaign=69b8a3ee5f-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email _________________________________________________________________________ 2012 __________________________________________________________________________ Foreshore licence award disputedhttp://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2012/1218/1224327960168.html  (18 December 2012)

 

IRISH TIMES

 

http://www.leitrimobserver.ie/news/local/granting-of-exploration-licence-would-be-potentially-disastrous-geai-1-4556365  (10 December 2012)

clare basin

 

clare-basin-update-30-november-2012-final http://www.enegioil.co.uk/news.php?id=clare-basin-update-1 http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/finance/2012/1011/1224325145665.html

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/harrisburg_politics/Corbett-seeks-green-jobs-talks-trade-with-Irelands-PM.html

 __________________________________________________________________________ FRACKING AND TOURISM __________________________________________________________________________ Ecotourisme http://www.rte.ie/lifestyle/travel/news/2012/1005/340429-ireland-has-potential-to-be-top-ecotourism-destination/

_________________________________________________________________ FRACKING AND STATEMENTS ___________________________________________________________________ Environmental Pillar

EP

Environmental-Pillar-Policy-on-Shale-Gas1 http://environmentalpillar.ie/files/2012/08/Environmental-Pillar-Policy-on-Shale-Gas1.pdf > Call for stricter fracking ruleshttp://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2012/0911/1224323845985.html

____________________________________________________________________ FRACKING AND FARMERS _______________________________________________________________________ >

farmers journal

 

http://www.farmersjournal.ie/site/farming-Reliance-on-imported-gas-continues-15844.html Oct. 2012 Teacher on 200 km anti fracking walk. – http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2012/1029/1224325866938.html

Fracking firm finds potential in Clare – http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/finance/2012/0911/1224323844660.html

Fracking tests extremely encouraginghttp://www.irishexaminer.com/business/fracking-tests-extremely-encouraging-207103.html

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2012/0807/1224321631679.html

Petitions online – http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2012/0914/1224324010654.html

http://petitions.oireachtas.ie/online_petitions.nsf/PetitionForm?openform&type=intro+to+petitions&lang=EN&r=0.9753784463684588

Shale gas boom unlinkely for Europe – http://corporatebanking.bankofireland.com/markets/market-news/IrishNews/item/22495/shale-gas-boom-unlikely-for-europe/

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FRACKING AND MONEY __________________________________________________________

iish timesHow the US energy industry stopped worrying and learned to love frackinghttp://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/finance/2012/0321/1224313630174.html  (21 March 2012) A similar article was posted in Le Monde by scientific reporter, Stephane Foucart Le Monde (July 26), (1) an editorial on the front page saying “Let’s not bury the debate on shale gas” and (2) an article entitled “Welcome to Fort Worth, capital of shale gas” on page 2. The article read pretty much like the one in the IT. All about how Texas is making gazillions from shale gas, etc. etc. And how all the people who said otherwise had been discredited…etc. etc. Of course I wrote to them to complain and I recommended Deborah Rogers if they wanted another side of the story from Texas. Fortunately, in France there is an alternative media online called Arret Sur Images, and their function is to keep an eye on the stuff that the regular media get up to. Turns out they asked the journalist who wrote the article for Le Monde about it, and he admitted to them that his trip to Texas had at the invitation of / funded by Chesapeake Energy, and their partner Total (Le Monde neglected to mention this).

indymedia

 

Fracking Ireland – Business Group Accept 20.000 Euro    – http://www.indymedia.ie/article/101786(1 May 2012)

Valuable Public land worth tens of thousands of euros sold to developers for €100 The story from 2006 about sale of public land for 100 euro, that is claimed involves some of the same people as the above: http://www.indymedia.ie/article/78235

Irish Times article on same subject (4th May):http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2012/0504/1224315591367.html Tamboran fully intend to carry on giving (Independent – 4th May): http://www.independent.ie/national-news/fracking-firm-plans-more-cash-gifts-for-local-groups-3098226.html

 

 

 

Controversial fracking firm has multi-million community ‘war chest’

http://www.independent.ie/national-news/controversial-fracking-firm-has-multimillion-community-war-chest-3104664.html  (11 May 2012)

Live trad music session,  26 April,

Live trad1Carrick-on-Shannon http://www.livetrad.com/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wh6Imnh6zI&list=UUtApJ3T6VKikoCLruuS5DGA&index=5&feature=plcp Traditional Irish music session from Cryan’s Bar in Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim. This live session was streamed live on LiveTrad.com on Thursday April 26th 2012 in conjunction with No Fracking Ireland. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VtHpthJkks&list=UUtApJ3T6VKikoCLruuS5DGA&index=4&feature=plcp Dé Danann singer Eleanor Shanley sings one of her classic songs ‘Hard Times (come to me no more)’. during a traditional Irish music session at Cryan’s Bar in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. leitrim, and which was broadcast live on the internet on LiveTrad.com. Run in conjunction with No Fracking Ireland. Note that this song was written by the US songwriter Stephen Foster and was first published in 1854, and the first audio recording was made in 1905. Eleanor is one of many to have recorded this song over the years. And while we mean no disrespect to anyone else, we feel she absolutely nails it!   Jessica Ernst Visit to Ireland

Jessica talk in Glenfarne - youtube (57)

Presentation: Glenfarne Ireland Ballroom of romance Fracking talk Jessica Ernst 24/2/12 –   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viml9RWIzYo&feature=youtu.be; Sligo meeting, a report The_Realities_of_Fracking_22.2.12  RTE Prime time, live link from Carrick-on-Shannon 23 February 2012 http://www.rte.ie/player/#!v=1137381 Jessica Rainbow 2

Presentation in Glenfarne   Presentation in Sligo, Clarion hotel – 22 February 2012 Click on the image to read full story

Jessica 3JESSICA  vJessica versus EnCana (the company she worked for and is now suing it http://www.ernstversusencana.ca/ Statement of claim: http://www.ernstversusencana.ca/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Statement-of-Claim.pdf Sign Petition – show Richard Moorman it isn’t only Jessica Ernst who is concerned about fracking http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/CanadiansAgainstFracing/

Rainbow 3

 

 

 

 

 

Demonstration Glenfarne 16 February 2012 ———————————————————————————————-

Prime time interview – 25th August 2011(scroll forward…) http://www.rte.ie/news/av/2011/0825/primetime.html Colm Hayes Show, aired on RTE Radio 2 between 11.00 am and 1.00 pm on Friday the 9th September 2011http://www.rte.ie/podcasts/2011/pc/pod-v-09091136m16sthecolmhayesshowfracking-pid0-2176416.mp3 Tamboran – Richard Moorman http://www.oceanfm.ie/oceanstream.html 14th  Sept 2011 Update soundcloud.com/oceanfm/ocean-fm-richard-moorman-ceo-1 Shannon Side news – Tamboren – Leah  13-00-SS-News-24012012  24 Jan 2012 TV3 News 1 February – Tamboran announcement http://www.tv3.ie/3player/show/2/44920/1/   see images below Colm Hay show 1 febr. http://2fm.rte.ie/radio/radioplayer/rteradioweb.html#!rii=1%3A3185435%3A4710%3A%3A TV 3 Afternoon show  1 febr. Glenfarne:  http://www.tv3.ie/news.php?request=&tv3_preview=&video=44941 TV3 show 2 febr. Tony Bazley and Susan O’Keeffe – http://www.tv3.ie/3player/show/184/44956/1/Ireland-AM

The future of Energy Policy in Ireland and Europe - youtubeQ&A: Pat Rabbitte on The Future of Energy Policy in Ireland and Europe February 2012  -http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=9ENKhoVRS9c Q and A:  http://bit.ly/zqQDxt

 

IEAIEA:  Irish focus on renewables will increase Gas reliancehttp://www.naturalgaseurope.com/irish-renewables-will-increase-gas-reliance-7196  

 

 

 

 

No ‘fracking’ until further study, says Rabbitte – http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2012/0512/1224315982310.html Fracking study delivers mixed conclusions – http://www.rte.ie/news/2012/0511/fracking-study.html (11 May 2012)

 Speech Pat Rabbitte http://www.labour.ie/press/listing/1330094667719083.html

Ocean FM interview Niall Delaney and Richard MoormanSound recording of this transcript can be heard at: http://soundcloud.com/oceanfm/ocean-fm-richard-moorman-ceo Transcript Transcript of radio interview between Richard Moorman, CEO, Tamboran Resources and Niall Delaney, Northwest Today, Ocean FM on 18 January, 2012 Richard Moorman: Thanks Niall I’m out in Hong Kong meeting investors. Niall Delaney: What do you make of the latest developments, fairly significant  developments.  Sligo County Council deciding to ban fracking and Donegal County Council following suit.   Are you concerned or worried by that. RM: No, you know there are a couple of things to consider.  First of all the project is a very small area focussed in North Leitrim so none of the johnnies that are reacting are in any way impacted by anything we do and the largest footprint we are going to have will be 60 well pads in 7 acres so we are talking 420 acres in north Leitrim so basically we are not going to have any impact on them but Niall the most disappointing part we don’t know specifically what was said in the case of these 2 councils so, we have reviewed the information that the opposition groups have presented to the other councils and what we have seen is its filled with outright misinformation.  The anti groups are saying things that are completely contradictory to what we’ve said in public.  Their research is primarily from the Gasland entertainment film out of America.  There is no independent research here at all.  But again this why local councils don’t decide the fate of the country’s biggest decisions. ND: OK so are you really saying it doesn’t really matter what local councils decide …..it’ll be higher powers ultimately who will make the decisions ….Is that the basis on which you… RM:  Yeah its not my final decision its my expectation that the State wouldn’t let anybody who doesn’t have an expertise in geology and engineering make such complicated decisions as would be required in this kind of project.  That’s what the EPA is undertaking right now at Minister Rabbitte’s request.  So we have to let them do their job and they will make the decision as to what’s safe and best for the nation.  Certainly I would want to add though we do respect the decisions of the councils.  They have to make the decisions for their communities.  Obviously if there were projects in their area it would matter.  However, to this end Niall we have made it clear and you can pass this along that since Sligo particularly has made this distinction, we are going to withdraw the entire training programme for out 600 – 1200 person workforce from IT Sligo so that we can avoid in any way upsetting the local residents with our presence in Sligo. ND: So what’s that going to mean.  Does that mean a possible lack of investment in Sligo ultimately. RM: Well there wouldn’t be any point in trying to upset the council by employing local people or businesses when they’ve decided that they don’t want anything to do with the project. ND:  Right ok the problem here as I see for Tamboran, for yourself and for other groups who have been granted licences is that on the face of it nobody seems to want this to happen in this region.  Nobody has spoken up in favour of it, is that a concern to you. RM:  No because you are only seeing what the opposition forces wish to put forward.  We have a lot of people on the ground talking to business operators.  I have 150 resumes from the area on my desk, so I have no doubt that there are people who want this project to succeed.  Every time we make a media appearance Niall I get a bunch more resumes and job enquiries and business enquiries so, we know that people who want the best for their communities are actually trying to get people employed.  We know that the antis won’t listen to anything we say that is why they continue to say things that aren’t even accurate about the project just to try to scare people from listening to the facts. ND:  So would you be very dismissive of what you call the antis those opposed to fracking RM:  The anti development folks are committed to stopping all development.  Their information is based on a flawed movie called Gasland.  That movie has been roundly discredited by the EPA.  For example the tap lighting scene where fire is seen to come from the tap comes from an area where this is naturally seen to occur.  There was no oil and gas development in this area when that started happening.  So this is the kind of misinformation they are relying on.  Unfortunately some of them themselves don’t know this because they are relying on the internet for their information.  They have never actually been to one of these projects, they don’t even know someone who has worked on them. ND:  So what you are saying is quite clear is that Tamboran and you personally you have no intention of walking away from this project despite what local authorities have decided. RM: Niall we are not because next week there’s going to be some information released.  We have already met the Government regulators in Belfast and Dublin to show them the extent of what this project will do and I can assure you that those 600 acres in north Leitrim are going to put a lot of dollars in Ireland’s pocket and 600 more jobs directly into that community so I think it would be highly irresponsible with 150 resumes on my desk from people as far away as Australia wanting to come home for me to simply walk away because some people who don’t understand the project want to try and scare people. ND:  And you are quite clear on that because there were some doubts raised at the council meetings in relation to that.  You are saying that 600 jobs will be created in north Leitrim in the short-term you are saying Richard RM: Yes every time you drill wells you are making things that people want to look after – it would be irresponsible not to.  So if you envisage the project growing in well count year after year peaking some time around 2025 we’ll go from approximately a workforce of perhaps 30 people in 2013 growing to by 2025 over 600 people in that area and then those jobs will run for 35+ years not to say too much about what’s in our news next week but that’s 14,000 person years of employment. ND: OK and just on a final matter when you were in studio with us a few months ago you insisted that you can carry out hydraulic fracturing in the north west without the use of chemicals and it wont be environmentally damaging or damaging to agriculture.  You are still insisting even though that has been untested you are still insisting that that can happen. RM:  Well there is nothing untested about it.  Its kind of funny to hear people saying that chemicals are bad but if you take them out suddenly there is something greater at risk.  Its simply not the case.  None of the chemicals in these processes actually do anything to crack the rock.  It is only the pressure of the fluids, in this case purely water with sand to support the cracks open once its done but I want to be very clear because I don’t think people understand this.  This is now the standard practice in North America.  Over 20,000 wells were drilled in this way last year and they were hydraulically fractured in over 90% of the cases.  Alberta, a major tourism and agri business province, major, co-exist peacefully with over half a million oil and gas wells so we have no doubt the process is safe.  What someone sees in an image on the internet can hardly be considered accurate and in the case of Ireland the rules are even tougher than what in place in Alberta which are pretty tough compared to what’s in place in the US. ND:  And can you satisfy the concerns expressed by the Minister for Energy Pat Rabbitte himself before Christmas.  You feel you can satisfy what he is asking of you. RM:  We will do whatever the Minister sets.  If he wants regulation we will abide by every single rule in the book.  We are here to make a difference, a positive impact on the economy.  If he wants 100 rules we are happy to accommodate that.  We are not about trying to get around some corner here.  When you are going to make a project last for 50 years in a community you better do the right thing from day 1. ND: OK Well all the way from HongKong this morning, Richard Moorman Chief Executive of Tamboran Resources.  A very good morning to you. RM:  Thanks Niall I appreciate the time.  Take care. Ocean FM interview Niall Delaney and Richard Moorman (text odt) Briefing member of the Oireachtas 14 Febr. 2012 briefing members of the oireachtas 14 febr 2012 briefing members of the oireachtas 14 febr 2012 ____________________________________________________________________________ RAISING FRACKING AWARENESSDEMONSTRATION – PROTEST _____________________________________________________________________________

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Glenfarne demonstration after Tamborans’ announcement  1 February 2012, see  TV3 news, 5.30  Anti fracking protest held in Enniskillen –  http://www.rte.ie/news/2012/0204/fracking.html  (4 February 2012)

Anti frack Enk 1

 

National Linkage day and fracking awareness, Enniskillen, 4 February 2012

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Valentine’s Day 2012  – Daisy in Dublin during meeting behind closed doors, Tamboran briefing TD’s   _______________________________________________________________________ FRACKING BANS  for wording and minutes see: political issues ___________________________________________________________________________________

RTE 6 ONE NEWS  http://www.rte.ie/news/2012/0110/clare.html

  Leitrim Co Co asks Minister to ban fracking – http://www.rte.ie/news/2012/0206/fracking.html  (6 February 2012)

Members of Sligo County Council vote to ban fracking – http://oceanfm.ie/article/Members-of-Sligo-County-Council-vote-to-ban-fracking/

  Donegal and Sligo become latest local authorities to ban fracking –  http://www.thejournal.ie/donegal-and-sligo-become-latest-local-authorities-to-ban-fracking-329929-Jan2012/

Council Canadians meets with  Irish minister of  energy to talk fracking – http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/making-waves/2012/03/council-canadians-meets-irish-minister-energy-talk-fracking (8 March 2012)

      Concern over issuing of fracking licence options for East mayo. Sinn Fein County councillor Gerry Murray has expressed serious  concern over the issuing of licence options across large areas of East Mayo for fracking. Fracking is a is a method used to extract natural gas from the ground. http://mayotoday.ie/index.php/browse-mayo-news-by-category/mayo-politics/item/4374-concern-over-issuing-of-fracking-licence-options-for-east-mayo.html (7 March 2012)   ___________________________________________________________________________________  TAMBORAN ANNOUNCEMENT – NEW PHASE  in fracking Ireland _________________________________________________________________________________

Moorman is gone – but replaced! http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/finance/2012/0922/1224324270374.html

Tamborans reporthttp://ubuntuone.com/1bqDo7Tfw4SzKA7MsmdEdQ The Senior Team of pr360, new PR advisers to Tamboran Resources.

http://www.pr360.ie/

Leitrim ha 55bn gas reserves, firm claims – http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/finance/2012/0201/1224311046794.html  (1 February 2012)

Company behind 7bn gas fracking plan has never used process before – http://www.independent.ie/national-news/company-behind-7bn-gas-fracking-plan-has-never-used-process-before-3032904.html (28 Febr. 2012)

http://www.naturalgaseurope.com/tamboran-roi-and-ni-gas-find-could-create-1200-jobs-and-ensure-supply-security-4700

Australian explorer bids to invest in Leitrim gas field– http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/australian-explorer-bids-to-invest-7bn-in-leitrim-gas-field-3005753.html (1 February 2012)

Tambora chief worked with firm at centre of multi-million law suit(1) Click on image to read full story  (Irish Independent, 28 February 2012)

Tambora chief worked with firm at centre of multi-million law suit(2) Click on image to read full story (Irish Independent, 28 February 2012)

Well-drilled promising a lot about the fractious issue of sourcing gashttp://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/finance/2012/0302/1224312630282.html (2 March 2012)

Dispute over charges for gas pipelines use casts doubt on 600 m projecthttp://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/finance/2012/0302/1224312633615.html (2 March 2012)

Click on image for full story  (3 March 2012)

Substantial Natural Gas Field confirmed in North West Ireland.http://eandemanagement.com/2012/02/substantial-natural-gas-field-confirmed-in-north-west-ireland/  (7 February 2012)

No need for fracking legislation  (see also Oettinger report on Politicial issues/EU)http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2012/0131/breaking55.html#.TyhGVIGo48E.hotmail  (31 January 2012) Ireland has one of the most attractive tax rates for fracking companies in the world.http://www.irishleftreview.org/2012/02/01/ireland-attractive-tax-rates-fracking-companies-world/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+irishleftreview%2Ffeed+%28Irish+Left+Review%29  (1 February 2012) Irish Left Review Ireland has one of the most attractive tax rates for fracking companies in the world Very important point made by Natural Gas Europe here (posted on Shell to Sea) about the licencing agreement around Shale Gas (Fracking) and needs to be understood in the context of the news today that Tamboran Resources initial exploration in  north Leitrim has found that they could ultimately reach 2.2 trillion cubic feet of gas, worth $55 billion at today’s prices. Meanwhile Pat Rabbitte has asked the EPA do an environmental study, but this is very, very unlikely to veer from the assessment of the European Commission consultancy study on licensing hydraulic fracturing which found that there is no need for specific new legislation governing the mining activity. Besides the environmental impact, the financial cost of both that gas line and the potential shale gas excavation has caused consternation. Currently, Ireland has one of the most attractive tax rates for companies in the world. Companies in Ireland are, in most cases, required to pay only 25 per cent corporation tax, a much lower rate than most other countries with possible shale gas reserves; Ireland also does not require companies to pay any royalties to the government on saleable gas. Tamboran, Lough Allen Natural Gas and Enegi may be required to pay between five and fifteen per cent over this rate, but, even at a higher rate, the gain for the government will be lower than for most other countries in comparable situations. Pundits and protestors alike say that the government is effectively giving away a valuable resource, owned by the Irish people, to outside companies, for very little in return. We are sitting on € 1.5 tr. worth of oil click on image to enlarge   Green party: Claims of Leitrim gasfield should be taken with a massive dose of salt- http://www.greenparty.ie/news.html?n=27

O’Dowd says fracking not permitted under current licences- http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2012/0119/1224310448664.html  (19 Jan 2012)

Furyhttp://www.irishexaminer.com/archives/2012/0130/ireland/fury-as-minister-speaks-in-favour-of-fracking-181880.html   30 Jan 2012

______________________________________________________________________________ RISKS OF FRACKING ________________________________________________________________________________ Mayo earthquakes http://www.independent.ie/national-news/mayo-earthquake-that-rattled-windows-felt-like-steamroller-seismologist-3130910.html http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2012/0607/1224317443871.html http://www.rte.ie/news/2012/0606/earthquake-reported-off-coast-of-mayo.html http://www.siliconrepublic.com/innovation/item/27616-earthquake-strikes-off-co-m http://www.newstalk.ie/2012/news/earthquake-hits-off-mayo-coast/

 Advisers back all Ireland anti-fracking campaignhttp://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/advisers-back-all-ireland-anti-fracking-campaign-184164.html (17 February 2012)

The risks of frackinghttp://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/opinion/2012/0206/1224311334943.html  (6 febr. 2012) Dangers from fracking very low if done correctly

 

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2012/0714/1224320063674.html

irish times - warning issued over frackingWarning issued over fracking http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2012/0220/breaking30.html  (20 February 2012) Dangers of gas fracking overstated, says broker – http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/finance/2012/0423/1224315050196.html  FF calls for extensive review on fracking –  http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2012/0221/1224312116526.html  (21 February 2012)

Doctor who highlighted oil risks to speak on fracking- http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/health/2012/0221/1224312112886.html (21 February 2012)

Tamboran quitley builds gas vehicle – http://www.smh.com.au/business/tamboran-quietly-builds-gas-vehicle-20110317-1bz3i.html  (18 March 2011)

 Leitrim residents attend EP fracking hearing–  http://www.marianharkin.com/index.php?id=20&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=646&tx_ttnews[backPid]=4&cHash=db3e393cf8  (7 October 2011)

Providence expects to complete Barryroe appraisal drilling in 2012- http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/finance/2011/1223/1224309416400.html?via=rel (24 Dec 2011) Read also:Statutory Notices under the Minerals Development Acts, 1940 to 1999  http://www.dcenr.gov.ie/Natural/Exploration+and+Mining+Division/Public+Notices _________________________________________________________________________________________  FRACKING AND FORESTRY – COILLTE ______________________________________________________________________________________________ Coillte denies signing deal for gas extractionhttp://www.independent.ie/farming/news-features/coillte-denies-signing-deal-for-gas-extraction-2967861.html (20 December 2011) THIS LINK SEEMS TO BE REMOVED   FORESTRY FOR SALE

http://frackingfreeireland.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Map_of_Lands_3FIP.pdf Map_of_Lands_3FIP (Jan 2012)

Government Tree sell off plans stumped http://www.sovereignindependent.com/?p=36656  (14 March 2012)

Hong Kong firm eyes State’s 3 bn fire sale of utilities http://www.independent.ie/national-news/hong-kong-firm-eyes-states-3bn-fire-sale-of-utilities-3031905.html  (26 February 2012)

Plan to dispose of State forests ‘unwise’ http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2012/0227/1224312442486.html  (27 February 2012)

NATURAL GAS EUROPE - tamboren, the luck of the irishThe luck of the Irish  – http://www.naturalgaseurope.com/tamboran-resources-shale-gas-exploration-ireland (24 Jan 2012) Tamboran Resources: The Luck of the Irish Four leaf clovers, anyone? Turns out Ireland is pretty lucky when it comes to shale gas. The “Emerald Isle” possesses several shale basins containing 10 to 20 or more Trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of gas in place, in Leitrim, Cavan, Sligo, Donegal, Monaghan, Roscommon and Fermanagh. But unconventional gas production is only likely to happen if the public acceptance issues surrounding unconventional gas can be overcome in Ireland. One of the country’s suitors who hopes to tap into that gas is Canada’s Tamboran Resources, which, in addition to license concessions in Ireland, has E&P sites in Australia and Botswana. Tamboran’s CEO Richard Moorman – who is very attuned to assuaging Irish fears over hydraulic fracturing – said that thanks to EU rules, he believed shale gas E&P could be performed in Europe as safely as possible, especially in Ireland. He welcomed the Irish government’s decision in October to investigate the hydraulic fracturing involved in shale gas E&P. As for how Tamboran plans to pursue unconventional gas in Europe, he said, “The fact is that we have to go through 12 months with the Ireland’s Environmental Protection Agency, so there’s time. The right answer for Europe is to take your time.” “Every single well has to succeed,” he said of Tamboran’s efforts to protect Ireland’s environment. “We can’t tolerate a single failure. We’re there to follow their rules and we want to work with regulators and have people realize that regulators are looking out for people.” He admitted that for the average man on the street, hearing about drilling for gas was like hearing about how sausage was made, that while it might initially be scary, it was a matter of getting acquainted with it. Meanwhile, Tamboran Resources is getting acquainted with the Irish shales via previous data acquisitions done in the last 50 years. Moorman explained that 13 wells had been drilled to look for oil and gas, but there were some technical limitations. “We must adopt a modern mindset for the old data,” he explained, adding that Tamboran would be studying the previously conducted seismic data. “Now we have more powerful computers and get a glimpse of what’s down there. Back then, computers got more noise coming back that they couldn’t interpret, but today there’s useful information in there.” He reported: “We are seeking permission to conduct 3D seismic for shooting horizontal wells. That should be done by the middle of next year. “It’s the world’s largest core of Bundoran shale, which is 500 meters thick.” He said the coring would occur at 700-1200 meters to “show people how good it is.” “By doing this, we knock all the risk out,” he added. According to Mr. Moorman, Tamboran intended to receive planning permission in 2013 and engage in extensive consultations. “By the second half of the year, we want to start exploration,” he said. Moorman said that would comprise drilling 3-5 wells in each country and 6-10 of them would enable Tamboran to determine whether production was worth pursuing in Ireland. If that appraisal got a green light, he reported the company would then drill anywhere from one to 2,500 wells. He added that there was a big plus in Ireland considering that potential shale gas wells would be only about 50 kilometers’ distance from a pipeline grid, providing shale gas access to the market. “Ireland imports about 90% of all its energy, so they have a fairly good grid in the south an east areas of the country.” “In Australia, our nearest pipeline is 300 kilometers away, so you have to have a lot of confidence that there’s going to be production.” “In Ireland, we’re literally at the end of the grid,” he said. Tamboran, Moorman said, would be sure to monitor the air and water quality near its operations. “We have the capability and there’s an obvious need,” he said of the monitoring. “If people are programmed to be careful first, that goes along with our mindset.” Drilling in Ireland would go on for 15 years, stated Moorman, with operations ramping up each year. He said the wells should produce for 35 years and the entire project was to encompass 50 years. “At its peak it will have around 700 employees. There could be 2-10 times as many associated jobs created, so it’s a tremendous opportunity.” “We’re not talking a small amount of business,” he said of the opportunities that could emerge with the shale exploration and production. “It could create hundreds of direct jobs and thousands of indirect jobs. We’re getting great feedback on that.” He noted Ireland’s high levels of unemployment and the quick way in which it had responded to the prospects for shale gas production. “I’ve received over 100 resumes, and 50 business enquiries,” he reported. In terms of offering locals a stake in the shale development, Tamboran intends to invest in them. Mr. Moorman said the company had started a training program in the west of Ireland to do just that. “We are selecting about 10 people of all ages and of any background to participate in one year of training to provide them with know-how and demonstrate that we are serious,” Mr. Moorman explained. He added that half of the training would be international while the other half would take place in Ireland. “This is to create project leaders for our local operations. We’d like to get a good crop of people started and get them up to speed.” He said the next phase of the training program would take on 20-30 people. Ireland is not likely to escape public opposition to the shale gas industry, in particular hydraulic fracturing. “There’s a fairly opposed group that has been mislead by Gasland,” explains Moorman, “which is already dated in terms of, for example, the chemical disclosure of hydraulic fracturing fluids.” “One out of 1,000 wells may have a problem,” he admitted. “People are already prone to disliking big business, but in western Ireland they don’t like the government on a good day.” Mr. Moorman made an impressive pledge regarding the company’s fracking fluid, which will not contain chemicals in Ireland. “We’ve cut all the chemicals out of our hydraulic fracturing because it’s shallow. We’re new in Ireland and can make the effort,” he said. He explained that there was more apprehension in the Republic of Ireland than in Northern Ireland, because the former did not have the background with oil and gas exploration in the North Sea. Despite that, he described the overall atmosphere in Ireland surrounding the development of the country’s shales as positive. “It is very positive. There’s a group out west that are hardcore anti development folks. They wish the royalty was higher and want more money out of it, like Norway. But I think Norway has earned it.” As a Canadian, Mr. Moorman, who has worked in the oil and gas industry in the US, said he understood the leeriness from Europeans when shale drillers come over with a Texas accent, which may leave the impression that the “brute force” method of shale gas production is being exported. “And today it would be illegal to do things in the industry the way they were done 50 years ago – we now look at the world differently, we look after our people. We have to perform the way people want us to,” he said. “I’ve been a petroleum engineer 20 years full time,” he said of his career. “I’ve been in unconventional gas for most of my career – tighter and tighter rock. “Seven years ago I fell head first into the shale gas industry and in the last five I’ve held positions in the managerial or financial advisory aspects of the business. “It’s a subject I’ve truly fallen in love with – it’s an evolution,” he continued. “Tighter rock was forced upon us because we ran out of all the easy stuff,” he explained of the industry pursuing unconventional gas following the depletion of conventionals. “It’s a whole new set of sciences and Europe is at the front end,” he said. Richard Moorman will be speaking at the EMEA Unconventional Gas Exploration and Production Forum in Istanbul on 6 – 8 February 2012. His presentation is entitled: “Partnerships for Prosperity – Building Consensus and Stakeholder Collaboration in the Burgeoning EMEA Unconventional E&P Industry”. Tamboran Resources have also been confirmed as a sponsor of the event. www.naturalgaseurope.com/ tamboran-resources-shale-gas-exploration-ireland

FrackingArticleIrishIndependent Total ban on fracking agreed by county councilhttp://www.thejournal.ie/total-ban-on-fracking-agreed-by-county-council-324436-Jan2012/  ________________________________________________________________________________________________

FRACKING AND NATURE _______________________________________________________________________________________________

The minister is “almost too good to be true for nature conservation” http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/weekend/2012/0107/1224309920907.html (January 2012)

National Biodiversity Plan http://www.npws.ie/legislationandconventions/nationalbiodiversityplan/ (November 2011)

 ___________________________________________________________________________________________ FRACKING AND FARMING ______________________________________________________________________________________________ Farms incomes up – http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2012/0109/breaking11.html  (9 Jan 2012)

What the frack – www.examiner.ie/features/what-the-frack-178164.html (24 December 2011)

____________________________________________________________________________________________ IRELAND GAS: ONSHORE AND OFFSHORE __________________________________________________________________________________________ Major oil discovery off Rathlinhttp://www.u.tv/News/Major-oil-discovery-off-Rathlin/7e45e8f1-f29f-4053-9e66-1f60e84f86ca  (24 Jan 2013) Ireland orders investigation into shale gas frackinghttp://www.naturalgaseurope.com/ireland-orders-investigations-into-shale-gas-fracking-2868  (6 October 2011)

Ireland announces granting of offshore exploration licenseshttp://www.naturalgaseurope.com/irish-minister-announces-granting-of-13-offshore-exploration-licences-3053 (17 October 2011)

Offshore exploration permits granted – http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2011/1017/breaking17.html (17 Ocotber 2011) and more info about fracking with referring to the visit of the German politician Helmut Fehr

Explorers opponents react to irish fracking investigation- http://www.naturalgaseurope.com/explorers-react-to-irish-fracking-investigation-3067 (17 October 2011)

Off shore map and pipelines – http://www.dcenr.gov.ie/NR/rdonlyres/DC9B38F3-3D4C-4F1B-A644-B455ADD7F78F/0/A0_Concession_Map_Jun2011.pdf

Providence resources  Sline Basin licence demonstrates exciting gas potential – Proactiveinvestors UK – Providence Resources’ Slyne Basin licence demonstrates “exciting gas potential† 19 April 2012

Rabbitte defends oil exploration deal terms – http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/1018/1224305994273.html (18 October 2011)

Providence shares soar on news of oil find off south coast – click on the image to read Providence shares soar on news of oil find off south coast  2   Hydrocarbon sector hots up (Irish Independent 28 February 2012) Click on image for full story ______________________________________________________________________________________________

petroceltic

 

Petrocelt is interested in fracking in Ireland and has a head office in Dublinhttp://www.petroceltic.com/

__________________________________________________________________________________________ FRACKING AND THE PROBLEMS _________________________________________________________________________________________ What is your fracking problem? (11th  June 2011)  What the company Tamboran would us to believe, showing of the film Gasland, call for ban on fracking. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/weekend/2011/0611/1224298716471.html

Give me a crash course in… frackinghttp://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/weekend/2011/0910/1224303833552.html  (10th September 2011)

_____________________________________________________________ FRACKING AND HUMAN RIGHTS ________________________________________________________________ Human rights Catholic MagazineInternational Messenger pdf

_____________________________________________________________________________________________ FRACKING AND THE COMMUNITY _____________________________________________________________________________________________ Locals unite in condemnation of gas drilling planshttp://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/0909/1224303759867.html ( 9th September 2011)

Community caught between possible gas boom or risk of environmental disasterhttp://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/1213/1224308997503.html  (14 December 2011)

Exploration company’s arrival divides English village – http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/1212/1224308954056.html (12 December 2011)

Parish priest warns about gas extraction threathttp://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/0909/1224303759953.html ( 9th September 2011) __________________________________________________________________________ SHALE GAS AND REGULATIONS ______________________________________________________________________________ Contentious method – call for strict regulations and public consultations (11th June 2011)  http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/0611/1224298736261.html

Legislators must deal with dangers of fracking. Opinion by Leah Doherty – http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/opinion/2011/1003/1224305143508.html (3 October 2011)

Company says it welcomes strict regulation http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/1213/1224308997482.html (13 December 2011)

_______________________________________________________________________________ FRACKING AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ____________________________________________________________________________________ Rabbitte orders review of fracking in response to concerns – http://www.thejournal.ie/rabbitte-orders-review-of-fracking-in-response-to-concerns-246987-Oct2011/  ( 6 October 2011)  

Pat Rabbitte and the Environmental impacts, research carried out by Aberdeen university – http://www.abdn.ac.uk/geology/research/

Intensive monitoring of water levels and water quality in Lough Derg on the river Shannon  to supply the Dublin region. (2nd September 2011)- The water supply plan and environmental statement are on view at the planning counters of Dublin’s local authorities as well as Kildare, Meath, Wicklow, Laois, Offaly, North Tipperary, Westmeath, Galway, Limerick and Clare county councils from now until November 1st http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/0902/1224303348771.html  (2 Sept 2011)

US study on impact to drinking water likely to inform drilling policy in Europe

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/1212/1224308954032.html  (12 Dec 2011 )

State company for water set to be proposed-  http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2012/0113/1224310195062.html  (13 January 2012)

Fracking fears eased as wate given all clearhttp://www.herald.ie/news/fracking-fears-eased-as-water-given-allclear-3023441.html  (17 February 2012)

 

LETTERS RESPONDING TO IT 12 December 2011 http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/letters/2011/1215/1224309100230.html (15 December 2011)

Fracking found to be worse than coal or gas emission http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/1215/1224309098752.html 15 December 2011

________________________________________________________________________________ RENEWABLE ENERGY ______________________________________________________________________________________ Mainstream wants wind farm products to be made in Ireland http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/mainstream-wants-windfarm-products-to-be-made-in-ireland-3348916.html  (fmn 97)

A once time life opportunity for Ireland http://www.energybridge.ie/    (fmn 97)

Press-release-MOU-UK-IE-24.01.13-FINAL   and http://www.greenwire.ie/

Wind energy is cheaper! –  http://www.politics.ie/forum/environment/137025-kevin-myers-wind-power-todays-sindo-31-08-2010-a-269.html#post4706668

 

energyMost states have – http://skepticalscience.com/putting-an-end-to-renewable-energy-too-expensive-myth.html

 

 

 

 

 

A mighty wind? renewable energy (24th June 2011) http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/innovation/2011/0624/1224299201489.html

Call for public consultation (3rd August 2011) http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/0803/1224301773233.html

Licence not yet given  (5th August 2011)  http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/0805/1224301874822.html

Alternative Energy Sources for Ireland – a.o. geothermal energies for electricity generation. pdf  (6th August 2011) Irish_Times_Riches_of_the_deep_06-08-2011 http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/opinion/2011/0806/1224301949316.html

Call for National Debate on renewable energy policy. (25 th  August 2001)– http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/opinion/2011/0825/1224302931671.html Brian Motherway is chief operations officer at the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. The full story of the Arranmore Whaling Company is told in James Fairley’s Irish Whales and Whaling , published in 1981 by Blackstaff Press. More info of windenergy, planning permission for windfarms etc.on the blog of Brendan Buck, a town planning consultant.:http://buckplanning.blogspot.com/search?updated-min=2011-01-01T00%3A00%3A00-08%3A00&updated-max=2012-01-01T00%3A00%3A00-08%3A00&max-results=50 (scroll down for related topics)  

 Windfarm planning permission in County Clare– (23rd August 2011)  – (windfarm in Connamara rejected – site is too beautifull – see below) http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/0823/1224302861374.html But no planning permission for Tourism: No permission for Burren centre- 29 August 2011 An Bord Pleanála has refused plans for a “unique tourism product” on the Burren that, according to the applicants, had the potential to generate €3 million a year and create up to 18 jobs. This follows the planning board upholding an appeal by An Taisce against a decision by Clare County Council to grant planning permission to Fintan O’Brien, Kieran Casey and Brian O’Shaughnessy to construct a wellness centre near Ruan. Wind farm rejected as site is ‘too beautiful’  22 August 2011 PLANS for a 27-turbine wind farm in Connemara capable of powering 40,000 homes a year have been rejected because the proposed site is “too beautiful”. http://buckplanning.blogspot.com/2011/08/wind-farm-rejected-as-site-is-too.html

Plans to sell renewable energy to the UK, to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels! http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jun/18/ireland-wind-power-grid

What the frackers forgot to tell ushttp://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/finance/2011/1108/1224307207016.html ( 8 November 2011)

IRELANDS FUEL DEMAND – Elizabeth Muldowney Gas exploration issues: an Irish case study   http://www.naturalgaseurope.com/gas-exploration-issues-an-irish-case-study-3560 Irelands demand on energy and how to solve this, the resistance of the people against renewable energy and much more

Shale gas could provide fuel independence for the UShttp://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/1212/1224308954040.html  (12 December 2011)

Windfarm lacks grid connection – If the wind farm does get built, 30 farm families who own the 3,000 acres of upland at Mount Callan are to share a €23 million windfall over 20 years.(24th August 2011)  http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/0824/1224302892665.htm ____________________________________________________________________________________ COMMENTS ON GIVE AWAY OF IRELAND’S GAS AND OIL RESOURCES ______________________________________________________________________________________ Let us make Norway joint owner of our oil and gas (16th August 2011) – http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/opinion/2011/0816/1224302525090.html

Oil firms will shun us if we have Nowegian style-taxes  http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/opinion/2011/0818/1224302638286.html?via=rel (18 August 2011) Reply from Pat Rabbitte to the article of Fintan O’Toole

Bad politics behind great oil and gas giveawaycall for change in governing political culture – http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/opinion/2011/0823/1224302862625.html#.TlNKx7hkAXM.email (23 August 2011)

_______________________________________________________________________________ CORRIB PIPELINE ____________________________________________________________________________________ Corrib pipeline work to end in 2014 – 14th August 2011Protests helps to delay development http://buckplanning.blogspot.com/2011/08/corrib-pipeline-work-to-end-in-2014.html   Corrib legal challenges settled, legal actions brought by An Taisce withdrawn at the High Court http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2011/1027/breaking40.html#.TqncM4FJZPk.email  (27 October 2011)

An Taisce’s  Judicial Review of various Corrib consents –  http://www.antaisce.ie/corribjr/CorribJudicialReview.aspx  (27 October 2011)

Another deal behind closed doors betrays people or Erris –  http://www.shelltosea.com/content/news-release-another-deal-behind-closed-doors-betrays-people-erris Challenges corrib pipelines settled (Shell to sea and An Taisce) – http://www.shelltosea.com/content/challenges-corrib-pipeline-settled  (27 October2011)

__________________________________________________________________________________________ SHALE GAS AND JOBS _____________________________________________________________________________________________

Cool to be an Irish farmerIt is cool to be a farmer againhttp://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/weekend/2011/0917/1224304251655.html (17th September 2011)  

 

 

Local hostility to energy projects costing jobs and investment – http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/finance/2011/0926/1224304754593.html (26 September 2011)

Senator says we should allow frackinghttp://www.thejournal.ie/senator-says-we-should-allow-fracking-to-create-jobs-332350-Jan2012/  (20 Jan 2012)

Fracking Gas prompts Irish government study  – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-15202704  ( 6 October 2011)

 Exploration of candidates’ fracking theories offers potential for great gas – http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/opinion/2011/1005/1224305257463.html (5 October  2011) _____________________________________________________________________________________ FRACKING AND FREAKY POLITICS ______________________________________________________________________________________ Energy minister’s link to gas exploration site Irish News, 23 November 2011 – http://ubuntuone.com/21AgtZM7y7qX4xZpeh7H47

Concern over issuing of fracking licence options for east mayo.

Sinn Fein County councillor Gerry Murray has expressed serious  concern over the issuing of licence options across large areas of East Mayo for fracking. Fracking is a is a method used to extract natural gas from the ground.

http://mayotoday.ie/index.php/browse-mayo-news-by-category/mayo-politics/item/4374-concern-over-issuing-of-fracking-licence-options-for-east-mayo.html

Mayo earthquakes

http://www.independent.ie/national-news/mayo-earthquake-that-rattled-windows-felt-like-steamroller-seismologist-3130910.html

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2012/0607/1224317443871.html

http://www.rte.ie/news/2012/0606/earthquake-reported-off-coast-of-mayo.html

http://www.siliconrepublic.com/innovation/item/27616-earthquake-strikes-off-co-m
http://www.newstalk.ie/2012/news/earthquake-hits-off-mayo-coast/

http://frackingfreeireland.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Inshore-Ireland-Vol8-nr-4-2012.pdf

LoveLeitrim1TD’s Michael Colreavy and Mattie McGrath and two Love Leitrim
campaigners.

Colreavy said that he will urge the minister not to issue an exploration license before a full study of the EPA report.

Only TD’s who are on our side were willing to leave the building and sign the letters (see heading: letters)

 

Ireland’s €24 billion food and drink industry could be put at risk if fracking gets the go-ahead, a farm leader warned yesterday as hundreds of farm families gathered close to the Border to highlight concerns about the controversial method of shale gas extraction.

As the G8 delegations started to gather in Enniskillen yesterday, close to 60 tractors were involved in a “slow drive” to the renowned Ballroom of Romance in the Border village of Glenfarne, 25km away.

John Sheridan of the Ulster Farmers’ Union said the industry had spent a long time recovering from BSE, foot-and-mouth disease and a dioxin scare, and could not afford another crisis.

“Three of the five biggest infant milk producers in the world are based on the island of Ireland,” he said. “The food and drink industry is worth €24 billion in the South and probably close to €30 billion North and South – and fracking could ruin that industry.”

Key election issue

Pat Gilhooley, chairman of the Leitrim branch of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) predicted that this would be a key issue in next year’s local elections. “We have to turn up the heat,” he said. “The IFA is a lobby group which represents 90,000 people and I can assure you of our full support.”

Michael Gallagher, a farmer and member of the Love Leitrim group which campaigns against fracking, said farmers were worried about the risk to water and to their livestock from chemicals .

His farm is in Kiltyclogher, close to the family home of the 1916 leader Seán MacDiarmada, a distant relative.

“I often wonder what he [MacDiarmada] would think if he knew they wanted to frack under his home,” he said.

Eddie Mitchell, an organiser of yesterday’s rally, said it was crucial to show solidarity with people in Fermanagh who were further along the road in the licensing process.

“I think people wrongly believe that this is an issue which is confined to Leitrim and Fermanagh, but it will have an impact throughout the country ,” said Mr Mitchell .

Festive atmosphere

There was a festive atmosphere at the Ballroom of Romance, the inspiration for the William Trevor short story of the same name, as families gathered with a selection of “Not for Shale” and “Farming Not Fracking” placards .

“A lot of people thought it was a good way to spend Father’s Day, as after all what could be more important for families,” said Dervilla Keegan of the Love Leitrim group.

“The G8 people may not know we are here but it is important to make a statement,” said Mr Gallagher.

Rural Minister Rules Out Fracking –

http://www.4ni.co.uk/northern_ireland_news.asp?id=169763


Northern Ireland’s Agricultural Minister Michelle O’Neill has said that no fracking will take place on any land owned by her department.

The announcement followed a question by Minister O’Neill’s colleague in Sinn Féin, Phil Flanagan.

The scope of the statement includes the Forest Service, which accounts for 30,690 acres.

Minister O’Neill said: “During my time as Minister of this Department I would not agree to fracking taking place on land owned by my department.”

Hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’, is a controversial method of releasing natural gas from the earth by drilling and injecting fluid at a high pressure.

Environmental campaign groups have warned the process could cause irreparable damage to the earth and the surrounding environment.

Welcoming the commitment, Mr Flanagan said: “This is a very positive move and demonstrates Sinn Féin’s commitment to opposing fracking anywhere in Ireland.

“The risks associated with fracking have long been debated and it is widely accepted across Ireland that fracking is not in the best interests of our people, of our environment or of our economy.

“Fracking poses a very real risk to the success of our farming industry, which is vital in counties like Fermanagh & Leitrim.

“It is therefore very welcome that the Minister with responsibility for protecting the agriculture sector, forestry and rural development has vowed to block any proposals to allow fracking to take place on any of her department’s lands.”

NI agriculture minister to blcok fracking on the department land  – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-24325238

Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill has said she will attempt to block any plans to use “fracking” on land owned by her department.

Fracking is a controversial method of extracting gas from shale rock.

Australian mining company Tamboran has been granted a licence to explore for gas in the border counties of Fermanagh and Leitrim.

The licence area covers thousands of acres of forestry land owned by the Department of Agriculture.

If approval is sought to extract the gas using hydraulic fracturing or fracking, the minister said her department would have to be consulted.

In a letter to her party colleague, assembly member Phil Flanagan, Mrs O’Neill said she would not agree to fracking taking place on land owned by the department.

She said she was both “personally and politically concerned” about the process and any potential impact it could have on the environment.

ast week the EPA invited tenders for their two year research into the impacts of fracking, but next week anti-frackers will again return to Leitrim County Council seeking a countywide ban on the procedure.

The Environmental Protection Agency has called fracking an “emerging issue”, their two-year research programme will investigate the potential impacts on the environment and human health from Unconventional Gas Exploration & Extraction (fracking) projects and operations, including construction, operation and aftercare.

The public consultation on the Terms of Reference for the research received a large number of submissions expressing “concerns and general opposition to fracking, calling for a ‘ban on fracking in Ireland’ until more information is available about the potential environmental and health impacts.” The EPA said concerns related to “water resource depletion, water contamination, air and noise emissions, traffic, farming and tourism.”

The research programme will be managed by a committee comprising the EPA, DCENR; Geological Survey of Ireland; the Commission for Energy Regulation; An Bord Pleanála; NI Environment Agency, Geological Survey of NI and the HSE (nominated, following the Public Consultation).

A statement from No Fracking Ireland said, they fear “that the research study being administered by the EPA will be used to formulate policy for onshore unconventional oil and gas exploration and extraction.”

“Fracking is an inherently flawed process. Communities across the world are being sold this industry by the suppression of information and by being told it will be “tightly regulated”, this unfortunately is what we fear will happen here. The industry is short-term, boom bust business, simply designed to make a lot of money for an elite few and in the process it inevitably leaves a trail of destruction.

Campaigners will be gathering at Leitrim County Council offices on Monday December 2 to encourage the council to do “the right thing” and follow Donegal County Council’s example by inserting a clause into the county development plan to “ban unconventional oil and gas exploration and extraction in County Leitrim.” There will be pressure on councillors to vote for the new clause.

The United Farmers Association are supporting this vote. They said it is a “vital issue” and it “will be brought to the attention of voters at election time.”

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