I’ve just requested some information from the PSNI. I requested they forward the map/site plan/diagrams and other information used by them to determine which parts of the Infrastrata project are shared access and which are sole access to Infrastrata. This is one of dozens of requests for information I have made over the last number of years to various Government Departments in relation to Woodburn.
Oil, Gas and Water Just Do Not Mix
Kids learn in a basic science experiment that when you try to mix oil and water, oil will float to the top, because the two substances don’t mix. I had to think back to such experiments when reading a report on Water Innovation in Oil and Gas 2014, published by the London Environmental Investment Forum and sponsored by Veolia.
Commission blocks TTIP ECI and public debate Analysis by legal scholar James Organ – http://www.ecicampaign.org/commission-blocks-ttip-eci-and-public-debate/
Sign online http://stop-ttip.org/sign/ or download the form – collect signatures – and return to Fracking Free Ireland (addres on the form!) http://frackingfreeireland.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Signature-list-EN-IR.pdf
The refusal to register the Stop TTIP initiative is the latest in a long line of Commission decisions restricting the scope and the democratic potential of the ECI. This short piece reviews the unsatisfactory justification for this refusal and comments on the democratic implications for, and the Commission’s attitude towards, the ECI instrument itself. Continue reading
viernes, 24 de octubre de 2014
Exposed and in the dark about fracking chemicals in Europe
The institutions of the European Union do not know what chemical substances are currently being utilized in the hydraulic fracturing process within EU territory. Worse still, they openly admit it is impossible to carry out an adequate risk characterization up to date, because exposure models for such a risk assessment do not exist yet. The plan announced by the Commission to repair this situation looks insufficient. Continue reading
On Monday, July 7th, 2014, at 4 AM, the employees of the American company Chevron left the village Żurawlów in the Lubelskie Region. After 400 days of persisting protest, the farmers, inhabitants and activists managed to stop shale gas drilling.
Simon McKeagney, Editor
Berlin, up until recently, had been grumbling about the inclusion of ISDS in TTIP, threatening to block it entirely while also expressing strong reservations for the mechanism in CETA. The negotiations with Canada, which were prematurely announced as ‘concluded’ nearly a year ago, has instead faced continued to-ing and fro-ing over investor protection provisions. As we reported, Canada also held issue with aspects of ISDS, having been sued by US pharma multinational Eli Lilly for not renewing patents under the same mechanism in NAFTA. Thus, they resisted finalising CETA until certain intellectual property (IP) areas would be excluded from the scope of the mechanism.
As reported by the CBC and the Globe & Mail, Canada and the European Union announced on September 8 that they had completed negotiations on the Canada-EU Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA), which the Canadian government says “will lay out a strategic direction for stronger future relations and collaboration between Canada and EU member states at the bilateral and multilateral levels,” including in the areas of law enforcement, the energy sector, security and intelligence cooperation, and crisis management. Continue reading