MEPs must protect public from EU-US trade deal threat – TAKE ACTION + reply from MEPs

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MEPs must protect public from EU-US trade deal threat

http://corporateeurope.org/international-trade/2015/03/meps-must-protect-public-eu-us-trade-deal-threat

Dear MEP,

Please find below a letter  today sent  to all MEPs by 385 civil society organisations.
Updated letter (10 March: http://corporateeurope.org/sites/default/files/english-mep-letter-ttip.pdf)

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As an MEP, will you listen to civil society and endorse this call for a TTIP resolution that puts people, the environment and democracy before short-term profit and disproportionate corporate rights?

Looking forward to hearing back from you.

Best regards,
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MEPs: ROI and NI
lynn.boylan@ep.europa.eu; nessa.childers@ep.europa.eu; brian.hayes@ep.europa.eu;
matt.carthy@ep.europa.eu;lukeming.flanagan@ep.europa.eu;
mairead.mcguinness@ep.europa.eu;marian.harkin@ep.europa.eu;deirdre.clune@ep.europa.eu;
brian.crowley@ep.europa.eu;sean.kelly@ep.europa.eu;liadh.niriada@ep.europa.eu;

martina.anderson@ep.europa.eu;diane.dodds@ep.europa.eu;james.nicholson@ep.europa.eu;

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MEPs must protect public from EU-US trade deal threat

As the European Parliament drafts its opinion on the controversial TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) talks, 375 civil society organisations from across Europe have called on EU decision-makers to protect citizens, workers, and the environment from the threats it poses.

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UK LICENCE AREA’s and letter

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UKOOG Statement:
Around 2,000 wells have now been drilled in the UK with about 10% of them having been hydraulically fractured. There are currently around 120 sites with 250 operating wells producing between 20,000 and 25,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. Approximately 250,000 barrels per day of produced water is disposed of safely under permits from the EA and SEPA.
http://www.ukoog.org.uk/onshore-extraction/where-we-operate

https://www.gov.uk/oil-and-gas-onshore-exploration-and-production

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Ombudsman called for much more transparency on TTIP negotiations

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FoE Europe got a good letter printed in the Financial Times. Meanwhile our mainstream media still conceal this comprehensive treaty from the public.

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/ab48babe-9a71-11e4-9602-00144feabdc0.html#axzz3PG5PGJ00
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TAKE ACTION – Deadline on Thursday – Sign on: Sec. Moniz LNG Export Letter

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Please write a short e-mail to Kate (kdeangeli{AT}foe.org) if you want to co-sign.

After Sen. Hoeven introduced his bill (S.2638) in the Senate that would expedite the approval of applications to export liquefied natural gas, Sen. Hoeven was quoted saying that Sec. Moniz was willing to support his bill with some modifications. Friends of the Earth has drafted a letter (see attached) discouraging Sec. Moniz from supporting this bill or any similar bill and outlining the dire climate impacts that liquefied natural gas has. We believe that Sec. Moniz’s endorsement of such a bill would directly contradict President Obama’s pledge to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Please join Greenpeace USA, the Center for Biological Diversity, Earthjustice, Food and Water Watch, and Public Citizen in signing onto this letter to Sec. Moniz. Let me know by COB Thursday December 18 if you would like to sign on and include the name and title of the person that will be signing on. We are only requiring campaigner level sign on. Continue reading

TAKE ACTION – letter to DTI/DOE + Update infrastrata

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Finally an update on the Infrastrata situation and a request for help. 

Please do share the facebook event link, and the letter. Just like the mark Durkan letter the more people who write, the bigger the impact so all help will be really appreciated.

Do go ahead and personalize if you want but as its Christmas, don’t worry too much, best just to get it sent.

Infrastrata are due to drill early in the New Year. They plan to drill 400m from a drinking water reservoir which supplies Carrickfergus, Whitehead and parts of North Belfast and Newtownabbey. They have been given permitted development, which means they did not need to gain planning approval for this project. Permitted development is for temporary and non contentious work. In the rest of the UK, this would need planning approval, please send this letter to the named recipients asking them to review this situation. This letter outlines some of the concerns we have with this project. Then please invite others to do the same.

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INFRASTRATA – letter to Arlene Foster

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Letter to Arlene Foster (by a campaigner)
NOTE: email to Arlene Foster has come back within 15 MINUTES with me being placed on an FOI

Dear Ms. Foster,
I note that Infrastrata reached their drill-or-drop clause in their PL1/10 licence in March 2014, yet in their own publicity materials they state that DETI have given them an extension that would appear to be for ONE YEAR, to March 2015.

They also state that they do NOT require EIAs as they will operate under Permitted Development Rights, yet in their PL1/10 licence it clearly states that they will have to undergo EIAs.

Can you confirm that the licence terms have indeed changed in line with what Infrastrata are publicising in their documentation.
If this is the case, then why was there no consultation regarding this extension and particularly, why was there no consultation in the public domain regarding this quite substantial change to their licence terms?

I would prefer just to get a straight answer as this information is already in the public domain and I would prefer not be placed on yet another time-delaying FOI, as the last one I lodged with your department took in excess of 80 days rather than the agreed 20 days as per the regulations.

Open Letter to the Scottish Government

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Open Letter to the Scottish Government

We, an alliance of groups from Scottish communities directly or indirectly at risk from the unconventional gas extraction industry, have come together to call on the Scottish Government to follow the example of other countries by implementing a moratorium on all forms of unconventional gas development in Scotland. The Scottish Government has the power to insist on a moratorium and can demonstrate its commitment by taking the responsible decision on the Falkirk public inquiry, to refuse permission to Dart Energy for commercial coalbed methane extraction. Continue reading

Take Action – Protect our Coast and Glens

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Got 2 mins? Why won’t Infrastrata explain their plans at an open public meeting?? With ~Infrastratas closed doors ‘public meetings’ being held next week we are sending this letter to  info@infrastrata.co.uk  Please take 2 mins to put pressure on for a proper Public meeting.

To Whom It May Concern:

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