Minutes of Joint Committee meeting -not on Oireachtas website

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Minutes of Joint Committee meeting from DEC 6th 2016 – minutes confirm that the Fracking Bill is with the Select Committee (supposed to be) rather than the Joint Committee (141 -2). These minutes are not available on Oireachtas website, only internally within Leinster House…
 The Joint Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment has now been forced to backtrack on what it was initially supposed to be doing with the Prohibition of the Exploration and Extraction of Onshore Petroleum Bill 2016
Initially the Joint Committee said it was going to undertake a detailed scrutiny (including a public consultation) of the provisions of this bill.
Now the Joint Committee is just talking about:

ii) Policy issues arising from:

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CDM smith and EPA statements and presentation – 31 Jan, joint committee

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Opening Statement – CCAE J09 – DEpt of CCAE

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Hooper Statement

EPA – UGEE Integrated Synthesis_web

Full recording of committee meeting in the Dáil yesterday. (31 Jan 2017)


Northern Ireland – update

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Protect our North Coast hold successful meeting

Campaigners lobbying to protect the North Coast from oil and gas extraction (especially fracking) held a public meeting in Portrush last Wednesday night.

Despite the stormy night people arrived to learn more and share their concerns.

Invited speaker, Gary McFarlane, Director, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Northern Ireland, emphasised the social and economic problems posed by pursuing the extraction of more fossil fuels – including shale gas, more so than the environmental problems.

While he acknowledged the environmental impacts, he said he was more concerned about what it meant for humans and for our society and economy.

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Carrickfergus – meeting to address concerns over Woodburn well project

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An oil and gas exploration firm is to address concerns over a planned exploration well at Woodburn Forest during two public meetings next week.

InfraStrata announced they will host the information sessions following repeated calls from environmental lobby groups.


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Arlene Foster refuses again to meet groups/campaigners

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Public meeting in County Fermanagh

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Hundreds of people have attended a public meeting to discuss fracking in County Fermanagh.
Tamboran Resources wants to explore for shale gas by drilling an exploratory borehole at a quarry near Belcoo.
Protesters against the controversial fracking technique have been holding a vigil at the quarry.
The meeting was attended by representatives from Sinn Féin, the SDLP, Green Party and a local independent councillor. Continue reading

Cavan County Council – meeting 1 August

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Fianna Fáil Councillor, John Paul Feeley expressed his surprise and disappointment at the news that Tamboran Resources Limited last week moved into a site near Belcoo, County Fermanagh to commence exploratory drilling. ‘There is huge local concern at the arrival of security men in the early hours of last Monday morning to erect razor wire and related fencing on a site overlooking Lough MacNean. The construction of razerwire has all sorts of negative implication for people in a border community and if nothing else amounts to a clear indication of what is to come from Tamboran. We had been assured that this type of activity could not happen in County Fermanagh but it now appears that Tamboran can commence their activities without any further consent or permission from the Northern Authorities.’ Continue reading