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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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)

http://www.oireachtas.ie/viewdoc.asp?DocID=34477&&CatID=127

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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http://www.oireachtas.ie/parliament/oireachtasbusiness/committees_list/ccae/hydraulicfracturing/

Stages of the Fracking Bill: http://www.oireachtas.ie/viewdoc.asp?DocID=33136&&CatID=59
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Irish law- and the bill to ban fracking

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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

bill moved to committee

http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/dail2016102700055?opendocument#FFF00500

Read below: the … bill was referred to the committee
the JOINT COMMITTEE 
decided to undertake a detailed scrutiny
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Call for submissions

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Local fishermen taking part in the ‘Back the Bill campaign on Lough MacNean, Blacklion
http://www.leitrimobserver.ie/news/news/229740/leitrim-people-encouraged-to-send-submissions-on-fracking.html

Leitrim people are being encouraged to make a personal submission on fracking to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment, before the February 2 deadline as this Committee is now currently inviting public submissions on the issue.

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Fracking ban receives cross-party support

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Fracking ban receives cross-party support

Published 27/10/2016 | 14:41
http://www.independent.ie/breaking-news/irish-news/fracking-ban-receives-crossparty-support-35167045.html

 A proposed nationwide ban on fracking has cleared its first hurdle.

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.

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