Hypocritical Ban on Fracking leaves Ireland with a real “Nimby” dilemma
28 November 2017
Article by Gemma Bryce In this article Gemma questions if we really banned fracking. She describes the anti fracking campaign, and how we end up with only a ONSHORE anti fracking bill, the political parties involved and how they stopped amendments to extend the ban to OFFSHORE fracking. She also lines out the proposals from minister Naughten to build an LNG terminal in the Port of Cork.
On this very sad morning following Infrastrata’s spudding of their first Petroleum well in Northern Ireland at Woodburn Forest near Carrickfergus, Stop The Drill have some very serious questions for NI Water the landlord of the site which was unlawfully leased to the company. We also have a number of questions for Mid and East Antrim Council following the disclosure that the Head of Planning, Paul Duffy asked Infrastrata for help in responding to questions from councillors about this project.
On 13 May 2016 Stop The Drill wrote to Sara Venning Chief Executive of NI Water raising grave concerns about the claim that the Woodburn well pad is ‘Zero Discharge’. Stop The Drill has also sought the following information from NI Water. Ms Venning was present at an NI Water Board meeting in July 2013.
(http://www.niwater.com/…/boa…/board_minutes_24_july_2013.pdf) where InfraStrata’s request to lease the land at Woodburn was discussed. i.e.
12. Proposal for Oil Exploration at Woodburn Catchment in Carrickfergus The Board considered the proposal in detail. The Board was assured that contamination risk had been dealt with in the pre-conditions for NIW land being accessed for this project. It was agreed that DRD should also be notified of this proposal. Continue reading →
In Sligo today is stated that campaigners did disrupt the meeting before questions could be asked.
Here some facts.
FFI did attend the meeting. The stop the (EPA) study was addressed. The chair informed the public that there was a meeting in Dec. by GEAI with the ministers , the EPA, with result that the study had been stopped.
Some Irish campaigners have been trying in the past week to get an official statement from the Irish Department of Energy confirming that this study has been stopped as GEAI is claiming. Continue reading →