Fracking: ‘We argued and protested. We met at marts and concerts. We persisted and we succeeded’
This was never just about Leitrim though, or even climate change. It was about the health of communities, writes Scott Coombs.
A BAN ON fracking on the Irish onshore cleared its last major hurdle on Wednesday May 31, when the Dáil passed a Bill to amend the Petroleum and Other Minerals Development Act.
The Bill prohibits fracking in the Irish onshore and its internal waters for both exploration and extraction. Minister Denis Naughten, expects the bill to become law before the summer recess.Back in August 2011, six months after Brian Cowen’s government fell, things looked very different. We were respectful, but firm. And that’s how things have played out over the past six years. We participated, we resisted. We argued and protested. We persuaded, we persisted and we succeeded.
Letter to FF TD’s bij Fracking Free Ireland -Brussels
FF support the anti fracking bill, but also support the CETA,
Dear Fianna Fáil TDs,
It has come to my attention that your party has introduced a Private Member’s Motion in support of CETA which will be debated in the Dáil this Tuesday evening, June 20.
It is hugely disappointing that one day before the legislation banning fracking is to be voted on by the Seanad that Fianna Fáil TDs – many of whom have spoken out against fracking praising the work of grassroots groups – should now seek to undermine these efforts. For those of you not yet aware, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada includes an investment protection mechanism granting rights to investors to sue states that choose to introduce policies or regulations protecting the public interest should these pose a threat to investors’ projected profits. Read more in this report: https://www.tni.org/files/publication-downloads/ceta-trading_away_democracy-2016en.pdf
June 14th, 2017
Petrochemical Expansion in Europe Means More Fracking in the United States
Ineos plans to build new plant to handle more fracked gas shipped across the Atlantic
Brussels: – 14 June, 2017 — The Financial Times reports that European energy giant INEOS announced plans to build a new petrochemical plant that uses fracked gas from the United States as a feedstock for producing propylene, a raw material used in making plastics. The company relies on its new fleet of “dragon ships” to act as a virtual pipeline, shipping gas liquids across the Atlantic Ocean.
In response, Food & Water Europe executive director Wenonah Hauter issued the following statement:
The Trans-Atlantic Plastics Pipeline —-Report by Food and Water Watch
Fracked Gas shipped to Europe, as LNG or turn into plastics!!
The paper we have been using as an overview of our Human Rights Tribunal on Fracking and Climate Change is finally now published (as a book chapter) and available on the United Nations Environment website.
“An International Tribunal on the Human Rights Impacts of Fracking: Structure, Grounding and Purposes” is attached below and now available to pass along to folks you think may be interested in learning more. (It’s only fourteen pages long, is pretty clear and has big print.)