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French Parliament to Discuss Fracking Ban
Just 100 days before the presidential election, the shale gas debate makes the headlines again in France, as parliament this week considers an amendment of the mining code to ban any development of non-conventional hydrocarbons by any technique.
The last time shale gas opponents strengthened the anti-fracking law was in 2011, when they banned hydraulic fracturing but allowed exploration for the purposes of scientific research or through potential alternative techniques.
Why is the goverment calling for submissions?
Why is the bill moved to the Joint Committee of Communication, Climate Action and Environemnt and not to the Select committee as agreed in the Bill?
According to Brid Smith, TD and member of the Joint Committee calling for submissions is very unusual.
Local fishermen taking part in the ‘Back the Bill campaign on Lough MacNean, Blacklion
Fracking ban receives cross-party support
Published 27/10/2016 | 14:41
Cross-party TDs backed legislation put forward by Fine Gael TD for Sligo-Leitrim Tony McLoughlin to outlaw drilling for shale gas from rocks, sands and coal seams across the country.
Denis Naughten, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, warned that the proposed legislation may not achieve what is intended due to the complexities of gas exploration.
Fracking ban gains ground after Fianna Fáil opposes delay to legislation
27/10/2016 – 14:56:04
Legislation put forward by Fine Gael backbench TD Tony McLoughlin was due to be put on hold for at least eight months to allow for an independent report on the controversial gas extraction to be completed.
But the proposal may progress more quickly after Fianna Fáil refused to support the delay.