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

EPA report – December 2016

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http://www.epa.ie/pubs/reports/research/ugeejointresearchprogramme/ugeeisr.html

REPORT: http://www.epa.ie/pubs/reports/research/ugeejointresearchprogramme/EPA%20-%20UGEE%20Integrated%20Synthesis_web.pdf

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Report: EPA – UGEE Integrated Synthesis_web

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Methane emissions are extremely harmful, and the government might not know how much there is

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/06/09/this-heated-fight-over-methane-emissions-is-almost-as-hot-as-the-gas/?tid=sm_tw

Methane is colorless and odorless. But it’s a powerhouse in the way it contributes to global warming. In the atmosphere, it’s more than 100 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
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EPA fracking report –

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http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/questions/reponses_qe/2015/015351/P8_RE(2015)015351_EN.pdf

ELECTION HUSTINGS OR HUSTLING ? Everything Is Not Always As it Seems Especially At Election Time (2)

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Many of us are tired at the lack of transparency and the political deals that some in the antifracking campaign have been involved in over the last number of years. We know that there are many good, genuine hard working people in these groups that are at times being led by some with very close ties to Fine Gael hence the government. I am not saying all that has been done by these groups has been damaging far from it, I commend much of the work. But at times and more importantly at critical times many of us feel things were not done for the benefit of the campaign but instead to facilitate politicians and or the government. If others in the campaign had done such things there would have been uproar, but this is all history now. What is not history is the fact that we are about to have a general election.

Many of us feel that unless there is real political change in this country we will never get a ban on fracking. I haven’t met anyone who has been clued into this campaign or Irish politics who really believes Fianna Fail, Fine Gael or Labour would actually ban fracking. This is why many of us believe the key to getting a ban on fracking in Ireland is to have as many politicians elected to Dail Eireann who together with our campaign will force whatever government is in place to ban fracking.

That why many of us in this campaign are not seeking promises from politicians or parties that noone can believe in, but we are asking people to support a movement of change and those politicians who are committed to this movement, Right2Change. Many may disagree with us on the points I have just made and that is fine. I understand that for many, if you have not been on the ground, here in the northwest and only following this campaign online you are probably not aware of why I and others feel this way, we have not written about or documented many of the things that have gone on in this campaign. For anyone who is interested I have tried to explain mine and many others who share the same feelings on these issues in more detail below.

Leah Doherty

(1 of No Fracking Ireland Network)

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ELECTION HUSTINGS OR HUSTLING ? – Everything is Not Always as it Seems – Especially at Election Time

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Read full article by a member of No Fracking Ireland here: Election Hustling,
 ‘Stop the Study’, unraveled, an inside in the role of  GEAI, FG and more…..

Sit down, take your time, GET INFORMED  and read the whole story

Reply from GEAI: Stop the Study Timeline
stop the study timeline pdf

The ‘offical’ statement from DCENR according to GEAI
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Election Hustling  pdf
Reply from GEAI: Stop the Study Timeline

Sources, coverage in the media incl. Comments
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Sinn Fein – position on fracking and the EPA stop the study

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http://www.leitrimsinnfein.ie/#!Cautious-Welcome-to-Halting-EPA-Study-Kenny/cjds/56b728a10cf2b4e0b61ee8e9