Infrastrata et al. might have difficulty in continuing with the project? From Infrastrata’s website it looks like they are expecting more EU funding to complete the project. Anyone know? Or any idea where we can find this info out?
Interesting letter to David Ford and covered to entire NI executive from Chairman of Belcoo Frack Free – sent in March 2016.
Co Fermanagh BT93 5DN
Dated : 14 March 2016
Mr David Ford
Minister of Justice
Stormont Estate Belfast BT4 3SG
cc : Northern Ireland Executive.
Subject : Woodburn and Policing
Dear Minister Ford,
I write as chair of Belcoo Frack Free with regards to the proposed drilling at Woodburn. I urge you and your colleagues in the Executive to give this matter your undivided attention to avoid violations of EU law, and international conventions, and most importantly violations of human rights issues. Ultimately the PSNI are going to be in the middle of it all as they were in the proposed Belcoo drilling project, but there is a more hardened line being drawn at Woodburn.
More information about the specific vote that was asked for the paragraph on fracking: 347 MEPs supported the paragraph, 298 rejected it and 49 abstained.
If you’re interested, you can find the details of who MEPs voted what here, on page 28: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-%2f%2fEP%2f%2fNONSGML%2bPV%2b20160202%2bRES-RCV%2bDOC%2bPDF%2bV0%2f%2fEN&language=EN
Interestingly, compared to the previous parliament, we can observe that now:
– The socialist party is unanimously opposed to fracking and votes accordingly
– The Italian Five Stars MEPs bring a lot of precious votes from the other side of the political spectrum
– A good dozen of conservative (EPP) MEPs, about one half of the liberal (ALDE) MEPs support our position
– No matter how much I hate to say it, the newly created racist and eurosceptic group (called Europe of Nations and Freedom, or “ENF”), notably composed of members of the French Front National, supported the fracking paragraph.
Official Journal of the European Union
of 22 January 2014
on minimum principles for the exploration and production of hydrocarbons (such as shale gas) using high-volume hydraulic fracturing
Thanks to Geraldine Ring