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.
ii) Policy issues arising from:
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.
Read below in combination with the bill (second stage, 27 october 2016) moved to a SELECTED COMMITTEE by Tony McLoughlin and the call from the Oireachtas for a public consultation in the JOINT COMMITTEE
Read below: the … bill was referred to the committee
the JOINT COMMITTEE decided to undertake a detailed scrutiny
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.