SENEAD: anti fracking BILL 2016: SECOND STAGE

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Petroleum and Other Minerals Development (Prohibition of Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing) Bill 2016: Second Stage

Question proposed: “That the Bill be now read a Second Time.”

Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Seán Kyne):   I am very pleased to have this opportunity today to speak on Deputy McLoughlin’s Bill on the prohibition of petroleum and extraction on the Irish onshore. I congratulate Deputy McLoughlin on having his Bill progressed this far. It is a considerable achievement for a Private Member’s Bill to be debated in both Dáil and Seanad Éireann and I look forward to the progress of this, the first Private Member’s Bill in this Government’s tenure to proceed to enactment. The Bill has a clear focus, namely, to prohibit the use of hydraulic fracturing to explore for or extract oil or gas in the Irish onshore.

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Anti- fracking bill passed Dail

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A Fine Gael anti-fracking Bill is the first Private Members’ Bill to be passed by the current Dáil.

Deputy Tony McLoughlin, who represents Sligo-Leitrim, said his Bill will protect hundreds of thousands of people from the effects of hydraulic fracking.

Speaking following its passing, Deputy McLoughlin said: “This Bill will ensure that the environment and communities in the West and North West of Ireland are protected from the effects of hydraulic fracking, so this is a special moment for me and the people I was elected to represent.

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Shannon LNG & Brexit

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Donal O’Donovan and Colin Leopold

Shelved plans for a €500m gas terminal on the Shannon have been revived as a result of Brexit, with PwC mandated to find a buyer to fund the huge Shannon LNG project at Balylongford, close to Tarbert.

The site has planning in place for a deep-water jetty, storage facilities for liquefied natural gas (LNG) and connections to the Irish national gas network.
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The trick of Fine Gael

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Fine Gael and the Bill

Back in October, the Dáil voted to ban fracking. Total ban. End of story…. But sadly it’s not the end of the story. This article in the current Phoenix describes the trickery that FG and civil servants have been using to delay the Bill’s passage through committee stage. After that is still has to go back to the Dáil for another vote and then the Seanad.

Minutes of Joint Committee meeting -not on Oireachtas website

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Minutes of Joint Committee meeting from DEC 6th 2016 – minutes confirm that the Fracking Bill is with the Select Committee (supposed to be) rather than the Joint Committee (141 -2). These minutes are not available on Oireachtas website, only internally within Leinster House…
 The Joint Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment has now been forced to backtrack on what it was initially supposed to be doing with the Prohibition of the Exploration and Extraction of Onshore Petroleum Bill 2016
Initially the Joint Committee said it was going to undertake a detailed scrutiny (including a public consultation) of the provisions of this bill.
Now the Joint Committee is just talking about:

ii) Policy issues arising from:

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CDM smith and EPA statements and presentation – 31 Jan, joint committee

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hooper presentation

Opening Statement – CCAE J09 – DEpt of CCAE

Hooper Presentation

Hooper Statement

EPA – UGEE Integrated Synthesis_web

Full recording of committee meeting in the Dáil yesterday. (31 Jan 2017)

Suspicious call for submissions

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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.
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Bill to ban Fracking – Amendment moved – Call for submissions

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Stages of the Fracking Bill:
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