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More:  Politicial issues 2011-2013

public consultation
OIREACHTAS DEBATE
JOINT COMMITTEE OIREACHTAS + Submissions
all submissions
QUESTIONS and answers
LOCAL ELECTIONS  2014
MINUTES and MOTIONS ban/moratorium- local ban legally feasible? –
DEVELOPMENT PLAN  DRAFT, Leitrim Co. Co.
LICENSES and MAPS and TOWNLANDS
TOWNLANDS
procedure explained – application- granted to companies – onshore and of shore
mining
CER
GOVERNMENT’S POSITION on fracking
TD’S
SPEECHES/INTERVIEWS
COILLTE acquisition of land
SCIENCE – universities/academies – presentations + government position on fracking
ENVIRONMENT EPA – regulations
RENEWABLE ENERGY roadmap


public consultation
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House of Oireachtashttp://www.oireachtas.ie/parliament/

OIREACHTAS DEBATE
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JOINT COMMITTEE OIREACHTAS
More: submissions in 2011-2013

Tamboran submission  to the terms of referencesTamboranSubmission  (2013)

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QUESTIONS
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QUESTIONS
Cllr Des Guckian’s  questions for the 7 July 14 meeting of Leitrim Co Council

1. Considering the Tamboran-operated core drilling, with a view to starting fracking, that is now beginning in Co Fermanagh, and the requirement, under the Aarhus Convention, to notify all trans-border authorities, I am asking Leitrim Co Council to supply me with copies of all recent communications, on this subject, received from  Fermanagh District Council, The Northern Ireland Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, The Northern Department of the Environment, our own Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, our own Department of the Environment and our own EPA.
2. As one of the two Leitrim Co Council representatives appointed to the Shannon River Basin District Advisory Council, could I have the advice of my fellow Cllrs and that of the Council Executive staff as to how I might speed up the proceedings of this Shannon Council in order to help prevent the recurrence  of the disastrous and costly flooding which occurred along the Shannon, in Co Leitrim, in Nov 2009.
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WRITTEN REPLY  from Leitrim Co Council is that they have not received any
recent communications from the bodies I listed, on the subject of fracking or imminent fracking.

Cllr Des Guckian.
0719638397 / 0874124725.
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LOCAL ELECTIONS
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http://frackingfreeireland.org/2014/06/11/elections-2014-results/

the journal
http://www.thejournal.ie/who-has-been-elected-so-far-1476621-Jun2014/

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MINUTES and MOTIONS
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Co. Co. Sligo

Agenda of Adjourned January Ordinary Meeting of Sligo County Council to be held on Monday 27th January 2014 at 11am

18. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor J. Lundy
“In an effort to protect agriculture and tourism in Co. Sligo I will again ask that this Council oppose the practice of ‘fracking’ to extract gas from within our county.”

http://www.sligococo.ie/YourCouncil/CouncilAgendas/MeetingMainBody,30783,en.html

This was the motion that was put forward and unanimously agreed at yesterday’s meeting of Sligo County Council.

The councillors who spoke in support of the motion were:
Cllr Jerry Lundy (Fianna Fáil)
Cllr Declan Bree (Independent)
Cllr Seán McManus (Sinn Féin)
Cllr Michael Clarke (Independent)
Cllr Margaret Gormley (Independent)
Cllr Michael Fleming (Fine Gael)
Cllr Gerard Mullaney (Fine Gael)

more Minutes and Motions/County development plan in 2011-2013 here

Ban fracking – legally feasible?

 Only the courts can decide whether something is legal, (not keyboard lawyers.)  Article 28 A of the Constitution of Ireland was inserted into the Constitution in 1999, six years after the Glencar Exploration v Mayo County Council (1993 Judgement. )

 

CONSTITUTION OF IRELAND

August 2012

Enacted by the People 1st July, 1937
In operation as from 29th December, 1937

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

ARTICLE 28A

1 The State recognises the role of local government in providing a forum for the democratic representation of local communities, in exercising and performing at local level powers and functions conferred by law and in promoting by its initiatives the interests of such communities.

2 There shall be such directly elected local authorities as may be determined by law and their powers and functions shall, subject to the provisions of this Constitution, be so determined and shall be exercised and performed in accordance with law.

3 Elections for members of such local authorities shall be held in accordance with law not later than the end of the fifth year after the year in which they were last held.

4 Every citizen who has the right to vote at an election for members of Dáil Éireann and such other persons as may be determined by law shall have the right to vote at an election for members of such of the local authorities referred to in section 2 of this Article as shall be determined by law.

5 Casual vacancies in the membership of local authorities referred to in section 2 of this Article shall be filled in accordance with law.

http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/en/constitution/index.html

In other words: when a local authority votes for a ban, they represent the people who elected them. It should be  very undemocratic if the government will not listen to it.
However, the Government can overthrow local authority policies, as… it is not of NATIONAL interest…

Will fracking gas, exported, gas pipes not connected to e.g. Carrick-on-Shannon be of national interest? Only the royalties will be of national interest…


Leitrim Councillor says he will wait for EPA report on frackinghttp://www.shannonside.ie/news/leitrim-councillor-says-he-will-wait-for-epa-report-on-fracking/ (sound clip on attached link)

Leitrim Cllr says authority has not “banned” fracking- http://www.shannonside.ie/news/leitrim-cllr-says-authority-has-not-banned-fracking/ (sound clip on attached link)
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DEVELOPMENT PLAN
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OFFICIAL WORDINGPosted on
Ban in the development plan Co. Leitrim
It is the policy of this Council to apply the precautionary principle to Unconventional Oil/gas Exploration and Extraction (UGEE) projects/operations proposed within the county. Given the scientific evidence, and personal testimonies, of the risks of UGEE projects/operations and with the objective of avoiding the risk of serious danger to human health or the environment, it is therefore the policy of Leitrim County Council that UGEE projects/operations shall not be permitted within the County of Leitrim.
http://frackingfreeireland.org/2014/09/15/ban-in-the-development-plan-global-frack-down-stop-ttip-day-11-october/#more-11264

 

Leitrim Draft County Development Plan

Those who voted against (1): Cllr Gerry Reynolds (Fine Gael)

Those who abstained (4): Cllr Gordon Hughes (Fine Gael), Cllr John McCartin (Fine Gael), Cllr Thomas Mulligan (Fine Gael), Cllr Enda McGloin (Fine Gael)

Those who voted for (17):

Cllr Gerry Dolan (Independent), Cllr Seán McSharry (Independent), Cllr Martin Kenny (Sinn Féin)  Cllr Francie Gilmartin (Fianna Fáil), Cllr Mary Bohan (Fianna Fáil), Cllr John Ward (Fine Gael), Cllr Seán McDermott (Fine Gael), Cllr Gerry Kilrane (Fianna Fáil), Cllr Enda Stenson (Independent), Cllr Seán McGowan (Fianna Fáil), Cllr Tony Ferguson (Fianna Fáil), Cllr Sinéad Guckian (Fianna Fáil), Cllr Paddy O’Rourke (Fianna Fáil), Cllr Caillian Ellis (Fianna Fáil), Cllr Siobhán McGloin (Fine Gael), Cllr Frank Dolan (Fine Gael), Cllr John McTernan (Fine Gael)

This isn’t officially confirmed until the minutes come back.
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This was just passed by Leitrim County Council. 17 for. 1 against. 4 abstain. That the following section on unconventional oil/gas exploration and extraction be inserted into the Leitrim County Development Plan

Leitrim County Council is aware of oil and gas prospecting interests within the Leitrim County area and its surrounds, in particular proposals for unconventional oil/gas exploration and extraction projects/operations.

It is a strategic goal of the County Development Plan to adopt the ‘precautionary principle’ in respect of development where significant environmental implications are involved. Further to this, the Council wishes to safeguard and nurture the unspoilt/green image and reputation of Leitrim and the health of its present and future communities, centred on the rural characteristics of the County, agricultural activity, the landscape and its environmentally sensitive lands and water bodies – both surface and groundwater.

This Council is cognisant of the significant ongoing controversy around, and the significant proven levels of risk associated with, unconventional oil/gas exploration and extraction internationally and acknowledges that the high volume of public objections to unconventional oil/gas exploration and extraction internationally, nationally and locally relate to potential and actual adverse impacts on the environment and human health including impacts on:

Local Communities;
Local Infrastructures;
Local Landscapes and Amenities;
Water Quality and Water Supplies;
Air Quality and Safety;
Land/Soil Integrity;
Agriculture;
Tourism;
Climate Change;
Local Businesses;
Property Prices.

Objections are not solely restricted to the above.

Applications for onshore exploration licences have been received for the Northwest Carboniferous Basin including parts of Leitrim and several other counties.

It is acknowledged by this Council that there is significant and growing public concern in respect to the social, public health, economic and environmental impacts that may be associated with unconventional oil/gas exploration and extraction in Leitrim and adjacent counties. This Council will endeavour to protect the rights of the people of Leitrim and adjoining counties to be safe in their own communities and understands that short term national policy can have long term and permanent negative effects.

On Monday 2nd September 2013 Leitrim County Council passed a motion which called on the National government to put in place “an immediate and outright ban on the exploration and extraction of Shale Gas by the fraction of Shale rock by hydraulics, cryogenics or similar purpose technology generally known as Fracking”.

Having regard to the foregoing, the Council has set out the following policy with regard to hydrocarbon exploration and extraction.

Policy 1
It is the policy of this Council to apply the ‘precautionary principle’ to any oil/gas exploration and extraction projects/operations proposed within the County. Given the presently available scientific and anecdotal evidence of the significant dangers of such projects – it is therefore the policy of Leitrim County Council that unconventional oil/gas exploration and extraction projects/operations not be permitted within the County of Leitrim.

Policy 2
It is the policy of this Council to carefully scrutinise any unconventional oil/gas exploration & extraction project/operation proposal outside the County where it may, due to geographical proximity, have a significant impact on the County and where available evaluation does not allow the risks to the environment of the region, the ecology of the region and human and animal health within the region to be determined with certainty. It is also the policy of this council in such cases to seek from the relevant authorities a comprehensive full life cycle Health Impact Assessment, together with a full life cycle analysis of all possible cumulative and permanent negative effects for the potential full development.

Policy 3
It is also the policy of the Council, in the eventuality that an outside body or bodies takes steps to overrule Policy 1 above, that a comprehensive full life cycle Health Impact Assessment, together with a full life cycle analysis of all possible cumulative and permanent negative effects for the potential full development, will be required for any proposal for oil/gas exploration and extraction projects located inside the County, as a mandatory component of the evaluation of any such proposals.

 


LCC standing orders

Leitrim county Council Standing orders Leitrim County Council STANDING ORDERS

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LICENSES
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mining
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GOVERNMENT’S POSITION
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TD’S
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SPEECHES/INTERVIEWS
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pr

http://frackingfreeireland.org/2014/07/10/review-of-irelands-oil-and-gas-fiscal-system-pat-rabbitte/
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CER
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COILLTE
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SCIENCE
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ENVIRONMENT
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RENEWABLE ENERGY
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