Dail Fracking ban – FOE

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On Wednesday, the Dáil, the lower house of the Irish parliament, passed a Bill to #BanFracking. SHARE to spread the good news.

Here’s what our Deputy Director, Kate Ruddock, had to say:
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People Before Profit – fracking should be banned onshore and offshore

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The ‘F’ word is not a dirty one in North West = A pro regulator

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The ‘F’ word is not a dirty one in North West

Dr Ruairi Hanley refuses to accept that Ireland cannot get its act together on fracking

Dr Ruari Hanley

Dr Ruairi Hanley believes that with proper safeguards and regulation, fracking could hold massive potential for the hard-hit regions of Leitrim, West Cavan and Fermanagh
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Noise pollution from fracking may harm human health

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Noise pollution from fracking may harm human health

Fracking creates noise at levels high enough to harm the health of people living nearby, according to the first peer-reviewed study to analyze the potential public health impacts of ambient noise related to fracking.
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Islandmagee Gasstorage Project

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Leah Doherty: 24th June 2016

Basically there is a power plant, that will be fuelled by fracked gas, planned to be built by Gaelectric and Dresser Rand in Islandmagee, Antrim.

This power plant will be driven by fracked gas, initially that gas will probably come from U.S. then if Cameron and Arlene et al get their way the gas needed to run this proposed plant will in the future be from the U.K. and/or the Larne Basin.

This plant in Islandmagee is one of a number being proposed throughout the UK and is part of an energy plan that will lock us into fracking and the burning of gas for decades to come. Both Gaelectric and Infrastrata have been given grants by the EU for their respective projects.

There have obviously been deals already made between countries and the big players in the industry. The US is eager to export it’s fracked gas and take the market share in Europe away from Russia and the middle east. This move has little to do with transitioning from fossil fuel consumption or our dependence on Russia etc…it has to do with profits for the fracking industry and those profits can only increase if their market widens.

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

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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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Fracking is twice as bad for climate as coal – will the Climage Change Committee ban it?

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Fracking is twice as bad for climate as coal – will the Climate Change Committee ban it?
Dr Robin Russell-Jones

9th June 2016

The UK government is all for fracking, writes Dr Robin Russell-Jones, but on climate grounds alone it should be banned. Evidence from the US shows that shale gas is twice as dirty as coal from a climate viewpoint due to ‘fugitive emissions’ of methane. That makes fracking incompatible with the UK’s climate change commitments and the Paris Agreement – as the CCC may soon rule.
We have been unofficially informed that the CCC has accepted our data on fugitive emissions of methane – and that shale gas is twice as bad as coal from a climate change perspective. In other words fracking is likely to be banned.

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Woodburn Solidarity Trip

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