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ELECTION NEWSDes Guckian elected as a councillor for Leitrim (Carrick-on-Shannon)

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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Pat the Cope Gallagher, did sign the declaration, but added a footnote re. TTIP


Why Marian Harkin didn’t sign the Frack Free Europe declaration (yet)

My voting record at all stages in the Parliament, my actions as well as statements clearly show my opposition to fracking. I have attended many meetings in Leitrim,Roscommon and Clare  where I have supported anti fracking activists and made my views known. I have invited and sponsored anti fracking activists to attend meetings in the EU Parliament and also invited an anti fracking film maker to the petitions committee in the Parliament to interview MEP’s including myself. To me actions speak louder than words

 When asked to sign any document I read it carefully. Your document is about a number of issues as well as fracking including the TTIP agreement and investor state disputes. These are very complicated issues. In order to try and get some clarity I put down a question to the Commission in regard to its  treatment of investor state disputes in the context of TTIP. Right now I cannot oppose the TTIP agreement unilaterally without knowing what will be in that agreement,if indeed we ever reach an agreement.

Therefore I can say the following. I oppose anti democratic measures in the negotiation process of TTIP  but I cannot say I oppose the outcome without knowing what the outcome will be. I may oppose any final outcome on TTIP on a number of grounds but until we have an outcome I cannot say yes or no.

 In regard to investor state disputes I am studying the Commission response and will need further clarification but I do have serious concerns about possible ramifications of their inclusion in any final deal. That is my considered and honest view. I therefore hope that my record of support for the anti fracking campaign both my actions and my words along with my response to the your declaration will be sufficient to prove my anti fracking credentials. I support the declaration with reservations on TTIP

 

Article Paul Murphy
Big Gas companies: never let a crisis go to waste
http://www.paulmurphymep.eu/2014/04/big-gas-companies-never-let-a-crisis-go-to-waste/
see also his call for a ban on fracking – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGgi60ZB4lI

FRACK FREE MEPhttp://frackingfreeireland.org/2014/04/09/paul-murphy-first-irish-frack-free-mep/
Paul Murphy is the first MEP of ALL  Mep’s who signed the declaration and is the first Frack Free Mep in history! (see take action  and Frack Free Europe campaign http://frackingfreeireland.org/2014/04/09/frack-free-europe-campaign/

AND MARTINA ANDERSON DID SIGNED TODAY ( 9th April) as well

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HOW DID OUR MEP’S VOTE?? – MEP’s position on Fracking
EIA vote results – 528 in favour, 138 against ( 12 March)
http://frackingfreeireland.org/2014/03/12/eia-vote-results-528-in-favour-138-against/#more-8973
There was a genuine conflict of interest in this report as Marian Harkin outlines below. Bird Life did lobby our MEP’s to vote in favour (the report had some good items in it ) and the anti fracking campaign was lobbying the MEP’s to vote against.
This text was finally adopted: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&reference=P7-TA-2014-0225&language=EN

Here the results how the Irish Mep did vote.
http://www.votewatch.eu/en/assessment-of-the-effects-of-certain-public-and-private-projects-on-the-environment-draft-legislativ-18.html

1. Please note that the vote of Pat the Cope Gallagher should be rectified as he outlines in an email to Ineke
2. Please note that Sean Kelly voted against and Mairead as well. Are they against fracking, or did they know that a majority would vote in favour, so it was easy to vote against??
Or is their vote against fracking a result from all our emails to inform them on the fracking issue?
Let’s keep going to inform them
3. Voted in favour (so in favour of fracking) Emer Costello and Phil Prendergast.

Pat the Cope Gallagher
Dear Ineke,
Thank you for your helpful advice received in advance of the vote on the Zanoni Report on Environmental Impact Assessments. Regrettably, the Report was approved with 528 in favour to 135 against.
The Fianna Fáil MEPs discussed the matter prior to the vote and decided to vote against as per your recommendation. Please note that there was an initial problem with recording my vote, but this has been rectified.
In relation to hydraulic fracturing, we believe that mandatory impact assessments should be carried out at all stages from exploration, evaluation and extraction, regardless of the amount involved.
Personally, I wrote in 2011 to the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte and to the Commissioner for the Environment in support of a moratorium on all hydraulic fracturing in the EU until an in depth investigation into the impacts of fracking on the environment and human health is fully known and until proper and robust regulation is developed.
This remains my firm position.
Yours sincerely,
Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP

Sean Kelly
Dear Ineke,
Many thanks for getting in touch on such an important issue.  I voted in favour of mandatory EIAs for all unconventional fossil fuel exploration at a previous stage of this process.  Thus I will vote against today’s report.

Best regards,

Sean Kelly.

Comment by Marian Harkin
A quick note regarding the Zanoni report on the assessment of the effects
of certain public and private projects on the environment. As you aware, the
Parliament voted by a narrow enough majority for mandatory EIA assessment on
fracking, however there was a blocking minority in the Council, led I
believe by the Poles, the Czechs, the British and some others. (I don’t know
what Irelands position was but I will put a down a question to the Minister
to check) Unfortunately, in the final agreement between Parliament, Council
and Commission, there is no requirement for a mandatory EIA, that means when we vote today we vote to accept the complete package or no new legislation
at all.
This is a dilemma as there are some good things in the new legislation
regarding conflict of interest etc but I really believe that environmental
legislation which asks for mandatory EIAs for so many different processes
but not for fracking is poor legislation and I will vote against it.
However, it is also worth noting that there is nothing preventing Member
States i.e. Ireland from introducing a requirement for a mandatory EIA for
fracking. I am unhappy with the final outcome as all the good work of some
in the Parliament has been lost because of the intransigence of the Council.
The battle continues!
Kind regards,
Marian Harkin

Pat the Cope Gallagher did follow our advise:

Dear Ineke,
Thank you for your helpful email in advance of today’s vote.
I voted for amendment 27 as advised, calling on local and regional authorities to ban fracking. However I regret to inform you that the amendment was defeated with 239 in favour to 384 against.

In addition to this amendment, the report also contains the following paragraph on fracking. This paragraph was approved today.
90. Calls for the Commission, when coming forward with legislation on hydraulic fracturing, to include a mandatory environmental impact assessment for both the exploration and extraction of shale gas; stresses, moreover, that there is insufficient data on the chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing process; calls on the Commission, therefore, when coming forward with such legislation, to ensure transparency as regards all data on these chemicals in order to secure the highest possible level of public health and environmental protection;

I can also confirm that I voted for three binding targets and this proposal was adopted by Parliament.

With regards
Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP
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REPLIES TO JOINT OPEN LETTER TO EU INSTITUTIONS

Reply by Barroso reply-open-letter
Reply to your letter sent to President Barroso concerning hydraulic fracturing

The joint open letter was sent to media, TD’s MEP’s councillors, Barroso, van Rompuy, Shulz. The President.
We (the European campaign) did receive not that much replies, acknowledgements.

If we received a reply,  it was mostly an acknowledgement, or it was just said that the letter should be brought to the attention asap TD, Taoiseach)
Only one MEP, sir Graham Watson took the time to reply properly to a German Campaigner

NO MEDIA REPLY:
some are OUT OF OFFICE and refer you to their FAQ
An impression

The President
Dear Ms. Scholte,
President Higgins has asked me to thank you for your email of 17/01/2014, the contents of which have been noted.

Taoiseach
I wish to acknowledge receipt of your email of 16 January, 2014 which will be brought to the Taoiseach’s attention as soon as possible.
Fergus O’Dowd

‘the content of your correspondence will be brought to Minister Fergus O’Dowd’s attention AS SOON AS POSSIBLE  (question: why not just fw. The message???)

Pat Rabbitte
On behalf of Minister Rabbitte, I wish to acknowledge receipt of your correspondence in relation to fracking, I have forwarded your correspondence to the office of Mr.Fergus O’Dowd T.D., Minister of State, who has responsibility in this area.
Please direct any further correspondence on this matter to: Minister.O’Dowd@dcenr.gov.ie

James  Reilly
I acknowledge receipt of your email.  Your correspondence will be brought to the attention of Dr James Reilly T.D., Minister for Health and to the relevant officials in the Department of Health.  If the content of your correspondence relates to the functions of another Minister’s department, it will be brought to their attention for direct reply.

MLA
Steven Agnew MLA

MEP’S
Mairead McGuinness
Emer Costello
Liam Aylward
Marian Harkin didn’t respond directly to the letter, but in her newsletter she explained the EU situation.
Sir Graham Watson  (below)

Thank you for your email on behalf of over two hundred concerned citizens groups and environmental organisations. I am grateful for your comments.

The European Union’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive has been in force for 28 years and applies to a wide range of public and private projects. The proposals have been designed to correct some of the shortcomings in the rules and to reflect ongoing environmental changes and challenges we face which is why I voted to support these changes when the matter was before Parliament at the end of last year.

With regard to the EU/US trade agreement which is currently being discussed its worth remembering that nothing has yet been agreed and, whilst in such talks anything could hypothetically be agreed, the EU negotiators do need to ensure that any agreement is compatible with EU law and they know that if the final deal threatens any major piece of EU legislation it will be rejected by the European Parliament.

On the specifics, ‘investor-state dispute settlements’ are contained in many trade agreements to ensure businesses can invest across borders without facing unfair practices in new markets. But, at the same time, it is important that any such agreement does not allow businesses to ride roughshod over legitimate decisions and processes undertaken by elected governments. However, it’s certainly not the case that the EU has allowed itself to be swayed or bullied by multinationals up to now and I cannot see it doing so should an agreement be struck. We only have to look at the legal action that the European Commission has taken against the likes of Microsoft or Google. When both the US and Canadian Governments and their self interest groups wanted to push hormone-treated meats onto the European Market the EU has stood firm, even contrary to the decision of the WTO in preventing products the public does not want it on our shop shelves. My colleagues and I within the European Parliament will continue to follow the trade discussions closely.

Ours sincerely,

Sir Graham Watson MEP
Liberal Democrat Member of the European Parliament for South West England and Gibraltar
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graham_Watson

EU
Van Rompuy
On behalf of Mr. Van Rompuy, we wish to thank you for your e-mail and enclosed joint open letter of 17 January last. Although Mr. Van Rompuy is not able to reply personally to all the correspondence that he receives, we would like to assure you that your letter and enclosures have been brought to his attention.


ANTI FRACKING CANDIDATES
Irish Citizens Party – calling for anti fracking candidates
With local elections coming next year I will be  calling again for anti-fracking candidates to put themselves forward.
Such a move will bring the issue into the public arena in a way the media cannot ignore.
Anyone interested can contact me on 087 7755683
Jim Connolly [info@irishcitizensparty.com]


Des Guckian stands as a candidate in the Leitrim Co Council elections.
If there are any issues you would like to raise, I’ll be available to help.
Hope to be in contact before long.
Enjoy the festive season.
Sincerely.  Des.

Des Guckian, Derrywillow, Dromod, Co Leitrim.
Ph 0719638397 or mob 0874124725.

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LOCAL COUNCILLORS
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LEITRIM
Interview on shannonside with two Leitrim councillors  (FMN 134)
http://frackingfreeireland.org/2014/01/24/leitrim-cllr-says-authority-has-not-banned-fracking/
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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.


MEPS POSITION AND REPLY TO EMAILS/LETTERS  re. Plenary vote 9 October (postponed from 11 Sept)


National Mep position sept and oct 2013 Zanoni
please note that Sean Kelly, Gay Mitchell and Jim Higgins did vote against amendment 126
letter: EIA_Vote_09102013 from Mairead McGuinness, to explain her vote on amendment 126

International – Feedback-List_EIA-Directive-Action_09-October-2013

See also Fracking Matters Newsletter 124 and Fracking Free Europe/Take action

Mep’s who didn’t take a position in their respond:
Sean Kelly, Liam Aylward, Emer Costello, Nessa  Childers


Sean Kelly and Fine Gael made a disastrous mistake – according to a letter Jim Connolly, Co. Clare, founder of the Irish Citizens Party sent to Sean Kelly

Sean,
I founded the IRDA in 2002 (now centered in Kerry) of which you were a strong supporter and spoke for us at public meetings in favour of our fight for justice in planning for rural dwellers.
You may be aware that there is now an IRDA nominee on An Bord Pleanala since 2012.
I personally withdrew from that non political organisation when I founded the Irish Citizens Party in 2012.

I live on Loop Head; my blessing in life is that my three children, their spouses and our nine grandchildren all live around us in West Clare. Tragically our area is now listed on the London Stock Exchange as an “asset”of Enegi Oil Plc which intends to frack the Clare Basin for gas.

What a disastrous mistake you and your Fine Gael colleagues made in your recent vote on mandatory EIAs. It can never be forgiven in rural Ireland.
At 76 I have faced many trials in my life, but nothing can compare with the the threat of fracking now almost upon us. An attack on my family and Ireland with chemical weapons, nothing less.

I have a track record of founding humanitarian organisations that work and achieve their aims. It is now highly likely, given the rise in public anger against fracking both here and worldwide, that there will be anti-fracking candidates in future elections.

I deeply regret the stand Fine Gael has taken in being prepared to sell out the land our grandfather’s generation fought for, to see it being destroyed for ever by the most anti- human, anti -environment gas extraction method ever employed.

With deepest regret for the stand you have taken
Jim Connolly
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyQKHETuNuk&feature=youtu.be


MEPS POSITION re. Zanoni report. Plenary vote 11 Sept. postponed to 8 Oct.
More info in Fracking Matters Newsletter 32-13 (122), 125 and 126 and Fracking Free Europe/Take action

Read all: Mep position sept 2013 Zanoni
Mep’s will vote in favour of amendments 31 and 79
Paul Murphy, Marian Harkin, Pat the Cope Gallagher,Jim Higgins


Mairead McGuinness

Dear Ineke,

Mairead has asked me to thank you on her behalf for your recent correspondence in relation to the vote on the Zanoni report on EIAs and to send you the attached letter,   EIA_Vote_09102013  which we hope you find helpful.

With kind regards,

Mark

Mark Taylor
Assistant to Mairead McGuinness, MEP
European Parliament    ASP 08F 269,   Rue Wiertz, 60B-1047    Brussels  Belgium
Tel: +32.22847214

Phil Prendergast  (27 Oct. 2013)

Dear Ineke,
Thank you very much for your email regarding the vote on the Zanoni report, which took place on Wednesday October 9th.
First of all, can I apologise for the delay in responding to your email.
I’m happy to report to you that Phil supported amendments 31 and 79 as per your request.
Phil and her colleagues in the Socialists & Democrats Group believe strongly that, if companies involved in the process of fracking believe it to be safe and compatible with our agriculture and environment, then they should have no problem complying with a mandatory EIA for shale gas/oil activities exploration and extraction, regardless of the amount extracted. Phil also supported many of the other improvements outlined in the Zanoni report, including requiring more detail from developers (including environmental reports), post-EIA monitoring and strengthening the role of the public at all stages, with better access to information, more public consultation and transparency.
I hope this finds you well and please don’t hesitate to get in touch should you require further clarification on the topic.
Warm regards,
Sam Ryan
Office of Phil Prendergast MEP

Pat the Cope Gallagher couldn’t attend  (21 Oct. 2013)

Dear Ineke,

As you are aware, the issue of fracking and shale gas was central to the Report on Environmental Impact Assessments, approved last week in plenary. The Fianna Fáil MEPs supported several amendments that would require mandatory impact assessments at all stages from exploration, evaluation and extraction, regardless of the amount extracted. For the first time since re-elected in 2009 to the European Parliament, I was not present for the vote as I returned to Ireland to attend a funeral. Previously I wrote in 2011 to the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte and to the Commissioner for the Environment in support of a moratorium on all hydraulic fracturing in the EU until an in depth investigation into the impacts of fracking on the environment and human health is fully known and until proper and robust regulation is developed.

I enclose thefinal text adopted at plenary last week regarding mandatory EIAs.

With regards

Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP


Paul Murphy
Thanks for your email and your continued work on this. You can count on Paul’s support on amendments 31 and 79.
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letter- response

 

Letter: Document

Replies to Rathlin Planning Application

Campaigners wrote to political parties and politicians to object to planning permission.

(August 2013)

Dear ….
Thank you for your email detailing your concerns about fracking, and the drilling of an exploratory bore hole at Ballinlea.

The Ulster Unionist Party will not support the hydraulic fracturing of rock to extract shale gas unless there is an environmental impact assessment undertaken which shows that the various safety concerns can be dealt with satisfactorily. For example, if the Tamboran company who are undertaking exploratory work in County Fermanagh wishes to drill an exploration well, it will be required to apply for planning permission which will be subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment for which process the Northern Ireland Planning Service has primary responsibility.

However, we do recognise the potential economic benefits of fracking and we are therefore content that exploration is taking place.
We will continue to scrutinise the actions of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment as well as the Department of Environment as the process as regards fracking develops.

Kind regards,
Sandra Overend MLA
Ulster Unionist Assembly Member for Mid-Ulster
Email Sandra directly: sandra.overend@mla.niassembly.gov.uk
Mid-Ulster UUP Office, 1 High Street, Moneymore, Magherafelt BT45 7PB T: (028) 867 48090
Room 308, Parliament Buildings, Ballymiscaw, Stormont, Belfast BT4 3XX T: (028) 905 20305
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Dear ….

Thank you for your email in relation to the planning application E/2013/0093/F from Rathlin Energy.
Alliance Party policy is in favour of a moratorium on fracking, at least until the publication of a detailed environmental impact assessment into the practice. In December 2011 we proposed a motion which passed in the Assembly calling for a moratorium, the motion also set out our concerns regarding hydraulic fracturing and called for a renewed focus on renewable sources of energy.

We continue to call for a greater emphasis to be placed on renewable energy sources. Fracking represents a short to medium term source of energy, whereas we have excellent potential in wind and tidal energy which could be harnessed much more than they are already on a long term basis.

Alliance continues to monitor emerging research and developing findings in relation to fracking but as yet we do not believe that permission should be granted to drill, even on an exploratory basis, until we can be sure of the impact that this may have on Northern Ireland’s countryside and natural resources.

As an individual MLA I have no say over the decision of the planning service however my Alliance Colleague Anna Lo MLA, in her role as Chair of the Environment Committee, has raised this matter with the previous Environment Minister and will soon have discussions with the newly appointed Environment Minister, during which she will raise the Alliance Party’s position in relation to fracking.

Anna has also spoken out recently against government proposals to lower tax rates for firms involved in fracking, You can read the press release here.

If I can be of any further assistance to you on this matter please do be in touch.

Yours Sincerely,

Chris Lyttle MLA

Chris Lyttle MLA
Alliance MLA for East Belfast
‘building a united community’

East Belfast Alliance Office, 56 Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3EL
T: 028 9047 2004 NIA: 028 9052 0355
Email: chris.lyttle@co.niassembly.gov.uk
Twitter: @Chris_Lyttle
Facebook: www.facebook.com/lyttle.chris
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Dear …..
Thank you for your email outlining your concerns.

I can assure you that both the Enterprise Minister and the Planning Minister are acutely aware of all concerns in this most sensitive of issues. At present, shale gas exploration is only permitted in extremely limited circumstances. The highly contentious process known as fracking is not permitted in Northern Ireland.

I would be more than happy to meet with you or to discuss this with you over the telephone.

(…)
David McIlveen
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Sir/Madam
Thank you for your correspondence in regards to the Planning Bill.
As a DUP MLA I am very supportive of the Planning Bill and in particular Clauses 2 and 6 which promote economic development.
The Planning Bill passed committee stage on 24 June 2013 and further consideration stage is to be scheduled.
I will continue to monitor the progress and will be in contact when I receive further information.
Regards
Trevor Clarke MLA
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Results MEP lobbying: mandatory environmental impact assessment for all shale gas drilling

Nessa Childers
Thank you for your recent e-mail and the issues raised therein, which will be brought to Nessa’s attention. Please be assured that Nessa shares your concerns and will endeavour to take them into consideration at this week’s vote.
Thank you once again for bringing this important issue to our attention.
Sincerely,
Pauline Ngury
Parliamentary Assistant
Nessa Childers- www.nessachilders.ie

Linda McAvan
Thank you for your email on the proposal for a revised Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). I am replying on behalf of Labour MEPs as the spokesperson on the environment.

Labour MEPs agree with the need to update this legislation in line with policy developments. Its aim should be to ensure that a range of criteria are taken into account when assessing a project with broad implications on the surrounding environment, and that this process should be effectively streamlined and robust.

It is important that biodiversity, the use of natural resources, climate change and natural and man-made disaster risks are included among the factors to be assessed. Transparency and public participation in the assessment should be strengthened, and the independence of the competent authority vis-à-vis the developer ensured.

With regards specifically to the inclusion of all unconventional fossil fuels (such as shale gas) in the framework of the EIA, this was proposed by the Parliament’s lead MEP or rapporteur Andrea Zanoni. Labour MEPs will support that position and the compromise amendment you cite in the committee vote, which has been moved to next week. It is important that any exploration and extraction involving fracking is subject to a mandatory EIA. Such a step would follow the clear lead given by the Parliament’s report on the Environmental impacts of shale gas and shale oil extraction activities which I led on for the Socialist and Democrat Group when it went through Parliament last year.

Yours sincerely,
Linda McAvan MEP

Martina Anderson – As a full member of the Environment Committee Martina will be voting on this report on Thursday 11th July and will of course support the compromise amendment which adds the production of unconventional fossil fuels to the Annex 1 of the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive.
Martina and Sinn Féin have always taken a very strong stance against shale gas operations. In November, Martina and her GUE/NGL colleagues (from the group she sits with in the European Parliament) co-signed an amendment to another report urging Member States not to authorise any new hydraulic fracturing operations in the EU.
Martina would like to extend her support to those who are campaigning against fracking. Hopefully the vote in the Environment Committee will be a triumph for anti-fracking campaigners

Marian Harkin MEP – I will be in touch with colleagues on the ENVI Committee to inform them of this important issue, and when the proposals are brought before the plenary session of Parliament to be voted on by all MEPs, I will be supporting it fully and urging colleagues to do the same.

MARIAN HARKIN – MEP
Marian Harkin has a newsletter
Here is the link to a newsletter I want to share with you:
http://marianharkinmep.newsweaver.com/newsletter/1ox7mjlgxsz

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2 July 2013
Dear friends,
I hope this email finds you all well.

I’m writing to inform you of a vote taking place in the European Parliament next week, which may have an impact on the fracking/shale gas issue. Some of you are undoubtedly aware of this vote already.

On Thursday the 11th of July (rescheduled from the 4th), the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee of the European Parliament will vote on the proposals made by MEP Andrea Zanoni MEP, who sits in my political group (ALDE).

His proposals aim to adapt the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive to include a number of new realities, notably the development of unconventional fossil fuels (UFF) activities in Europe.

In other words: if this proposal is adopted by the Parliament, all unconventional fossil fuels (UFF) activities would in future fall under the remit of the EIA Directive.

These proposals follow the strong recommendations contained in last year’s European Parliament resolutions on shale gas.

I will be in touch with colleagues on the ENVI Committee to inform them of this important issue, and when the proposals are brought before the plenary session of Parliament to be voted on by all MEPs, I will be supporting it fully and urging colleagues to do the same.

I’ll be in touch again when I have more news.

Kind regards,

Marian

p.s. If you want to follow my work more closely, you can do so on my Facebook and Twitter (details below). You will receive my newsletter in the coming weeks.

 Marian Harkin MEP
European Parliament

Tel: +32.2.2847797Fax: +32.2.2849797
E-mail: marian.harkin@ep.europa.eu
Website: www.marianharkin.ie
Facebook: www.facebook.com/marianharkin
Twitter: www.twitter.com/MarianHarkin

“MEP of the Year ” Award Winner 2011 & 2012

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SOCIALIST PARTY and Fracking

Joe Higgins TD and the Socialist Party are opposed to fracking and are supportive of campaigns against fracking. For example our branch in Fermanagh has been active alongside others in the community in opposing fracking in that area.

The Socialist Party attended the G8 protests in Enniskillen last Monday where the issue of fracking was one of the key issues being highlighted.

If you would like to read more about what the Socialist Party stands for and campaigns on visit our website. You can click on this link to see an article that was written about a year ago on fracking http://www.socialistparty.net/campaigns-issues/environment/728-what-the-frack

Kind Regards,
Oisín Kelly
Dail Assistant to Joe Higgins TD
01-6183370
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PROTESTS

20 May 2013 Our forests are not for sale http://www.demotix.com/news/2075637/our-forests-are-not-sale-rally-held-dublin#media-2075567 (FMN 107 and 108))

TD’s
Colreavy launches bill to ban fracking http://www.leitrimobserver.ie/news/local/colreavy-launches-bill-to-ban-fracking-1-5096504 (FMN 107)

Pat Rabbitte:Minister does not expect shale gas extraction to dramatically decrease energy prices(FMN 107)
http://www.rte.ie/news/2013/0517/450904-minister-does-not-expect-energy-price-increases/

 Eamon Ryan in the Irish Times (FMN 107)
When it comes to climate change, Shell is backing the wrong horse
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/when-it-comes-to-climate-change-shell-is-backing-the-wrong-horse-1.1388785

MEP
STATEMENT Marian Harkin
http://www.westmeathexaminer.ie/news/roundup/articles/2013/05/15/4015817-facts-against-fracking-as-eu-energy-option–harkin/  (FMN 107)

 NORTHERN IRELAND
 Phil Flanagan challenges Arlene Foster on Petroleum Licenses & fracking
Sinn Féin MLA Phil Flanagan has challenged the Enterprise, Trade & Investment Minister Arlene Foster on the issue of her department issuing further petroleum licenses around Lough Neagh and on the issue of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in Fermanagh.
Watch the video by clicking the following link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZngRbKT7jr4


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