Fracking Matters Newsletter 160 – Debate in the Seanad: Ireland Guaranteed Fracking Free soon?

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Fracking Matters Newsletter 160

Woodburn forest debate: Official report & Text Motion

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Woodburn Forest

Mr. Durkan: 7.45 pmI have been inundated with angry tweets, emails and correspondence on this issue. I even got a letter from Mark Ruffalo, the Incredible Hulk actor. Believe me, you do not want to make him angry.
Mr Agnew: He turns green.
Mr Durkan: He clearly is green, all right.

Live updates on Woodburn Forest debate

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Independent journalism on fracking, onshore oil and gas and the reactions to it

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Woodburn Forest 160509 2The Northern Ireland Assembly is debating a motion by Sinn Fein politicians, Oliver McMullan and Gerry Kelly, on InfraStrata’s drilling plans at Woodburn Forest in County Antrim. The drilling has been allowed under permitted development rights, without the need for planning permission, consultation or an environmental impact assessment. Check for live updates throughout the evening.

The motion is:

That this Assembly notes with concern the application by InfraStrata to drill at Woodburn Forest, County Antrim; recognises the concerns of residents in County Antrim over drilling proposals at the forest; and calls on the Executive to ensure that such applications are not approved until assurances are secured against any negative potential impacts on water supply, the environment, tourism and local communities.

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Northern Ireland – moratorium – debate and vote – dec 2011

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Hydraulic Fracturing  6 DECEMBER 2011
Private Members’ Business
3:30 pm

Debate resumed on motion:

That this Assembly believes that a moratorium should be placed on the onshore and offshore exploration, development and production of shale gas by withdrawing licences for hydraulic fracturing (fracking), at least until the publication of a detailed environmental impact assessment into the practice; notes that hydraulic fracturing can put local water sources at risk of contamination; further notes that, amongst a variety of adverse environmental impacts, the process of fracking can cause serious well blowouts, which put both workers and local communities at risk; considers that the production of hard-to-reach fossil fuels is not compatible with efforts to achieve carbon reduction targets; and urges the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to give greater support to the generation of energy from renewable sources instead. — [Ms Lo.]
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Key points from Infrastructure Bill debate 4pm-5pm

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Key points from Infrastructure Bill debate 4pm-5pm

  • The government bans fracking outright in National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • The government accepts Labour’s new clauses which has 13 measures to increase regulation on fracking

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TTIP debate in Dublin – 5 November

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10712776_10152514987511656_8398224268518760884_n#firstwedsdebates: The TTIP Deal.

Twisted Pepper
54 Middle Abbey St, Dublin 1

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will drive renewal in Europe by supporting renewed growth rates of 1.5% with a boost in economic activity worth €800M! That’s one narrative, the other is that TTIP will undermine our democracy while driving environmental and food safety standards downwards and undermine progress for climate justice. Is it possible that it will do both?

This process has the potential to be a major game-changer for the coming decades, who will benefit, will there be losers and how will all this impact on us in both the Global North and Global South?

Come and join the discussion at the Comhlámh at the #firstweddebates
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TTIP – debate in Brussels with a. o. Friends of the Earth

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Published on 17 Apr 2014
Transnational Institute, together with Friends of the Earth and the Seattle to Brussels Network, plus representatives of the European Parliament and Commission, consumers and citizen groups from both sides of the Atlantic, shared perspectives on the likely impacts of a deal on our environment. Continue reading

Atlantic team off to Stormont for some healthy debate

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STARTS  5 pm today! (Tuesday 30 September) room 115 only for MLA’s
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Speakers on the day will include Dr. Geralyn McCarron, author of Symptomatology of a Gas Field – An Independent Health Survey in the Tara Rural Residential Estates and Environs; Gary McFarlane of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, Northern Ireland; and Dr. Carroll O’Dolan, a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners and health coordinator with the Fe