Why is the goverment calling for submissions?
Why is the bill moved to the Joint Committee of Communication, Climate Action and Environemnt and not to the Select committee as agreed in the Bill?
According to Brid Smith, TD and member of the Joint Committee calling for submissions is very unusual.
Read below in combination with the bill (second stage, 27 october 2016) moved to a SELECTED COMMITTEE by Tony McLoughlin and the call from the Oireachtas for a public consultation in the JOINT COMMITTEE
Read below: the … bill was referred to the committee
the JOINT COMMITTEE decided to undertake a detailed scrutiny
A proposed nationwide ban on fracking has cleared its first hurdle.
Cross-party TDs backed legislation put forward by Fine Gael TD for Sligo-Leitrim Tony McLoughlin to outlaw drilling for shale gas from rocks, sands and coal seams across the country.
Denis Naughten, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, warned that the proposed legislation may not achieve what is intended due to the complexities of gas exploration.
Attempts to get the Government to ban fracking look set to pass their first hurdle, it has emerged.
Legislation put forward by Fine Gael backbench TD Tony McLoughlin was due to be put on hold for at least eight months to allow for an independent report on the controversial gas extraction to be completed.
But the proposal may progress more quickly after Fianna Fáil refused to support the delay.
The Government have proposed to pause Deputy Tony’ McLoughlin’s bill to ban fracking from progressing through the legislative process until June 30, 2017.
German government approves controversial fracking bill
German cabinet has decided to allow shale gas fracking in Germany, but only under strict regulation and for testing purposes. Even so, lawmakers criticized the proposed bill for not being strict enough.
Comment by FRACKIING FREE IRELAND – BRUSSELS and FRIENDS OF THE EARTH EUROPE
FFI – BRUSSELS
I have been reading the reactions from campaigners and politicians most of today and all seem to agree that this law – if passed – would allow the fracking industry afoot in the door. I trust the viewpoints of the local people on this one. The German government has been very keen for months now to lull the public into a false sense of security. That’s very clear from the often erroneous press releases it puts out.
In my view, if the law is passed would set a very dangerous precedent for the rest of Europe, especially in Ireland where our government already plans to regulate fracking. Now it will most likely look to Germany and say ‘well, Germany approved it, so it can’t be dangerous.’
Rules can often be watered down to suit the industry. An outright ban is the best option. So we are told time and again by North American and Australian campaigners:
FRIENDS OF THE EARTH EUROPE
This is much stricter than the infrastructure bill, this is certain. But this is crap as it is completely baseless from a scientific point of view.
What is that 3000 meters threshold ? Does it mean that if you drill at 3001 meters, fracking will be safe but if you drill at 2999, there could be a danger ? And who will check if a company drills 2999 or 3001 deep ?
I remember that these rules only apply to shale gas but volontarily excludes the tight gas production which however needs as much fracking as for shale gas production.
In the end, it looks strict, but the devil is in the details I think this will deserve a close scrutiny in the future…