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:
Dr Ruairi Hanley refuses to accept that Ireland cannot get its act together on fracking
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
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.
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.
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.
Fracking is twice as bad for climate as coal – will the Climate Change Committee ban it?
Dr Robin Russell-Jones
9th June 2016
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.