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.
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.
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 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…
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. Continue reading →