1. Majority of MEPs support fracking moratorium in symbolic vote
For the first time, a majority of MEPs (338 to 319) has voted in favour of an immediate moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in Europe in view of its “risks and negative consequences for the climate, the environment, and public health.” The MEPs voted in support of Amendment 1 to the Energy Security Strategy report.
However, as the final report as a whole was not adopted, the moratorium on “any new operations involving the exploration or extraction of unconventional fuels within the EU until this is proven to be safe for the environment, citizens, and workers” will not take effect.
While some pro-fracking groups in the European Parliament voted against the amendment and the report as a whole, the European United Left – Nordic Green Left group (GUE/NGL), which voted for the fracking moratorium, opposed the final report on the grounds that it “underlined the importance of nuclear energy” and “moves in the same direction as neoliberal policies.”
The votes of Irish MEPs on the fracking moratorium amendment were as follows:
June 5 (Bloomberg) — France’s ban on hydraulic fracturing should not be eased because the oil and gas drilling technique is causing “considerable” environmental damage in the U.S., according to a government minister.
- Considers that the use of hydraulic fracturing in the Union entails risks and negative consequences for the climate, environment and public health, and threatens achievement of the EU’s long-term decarbonisation goal. Furthermore due to the limited potential of unconventional fuels to help meet the EU’s future energy demand, coupled with high investment and exploitation costs, considers that hydraulic fracturing is not a promising technology. Therefore urges the Member States not to authorise any new exploration or extraction operations of unconventional fuels within the EU until it is proven safe for the environment, citizens and workers;
McHugh in favor of EPA report on the effects of fracking
The Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Natural Resources is defending an EPA report currently being conducted into the effects of fracking on the environment in the Northwest.
Joe McHugh was present at a meeting of Leitrim and Cavan County Councillors yesterday, where opposition to hydraulic fracturing was highlighted to Energy Minister Alex White.
Fears over the comprehensiveness of the EPA report were outlined when it was made clear that no decision regarding the future of fracking in the Northwest would be made until after the results of the study were published – a process that could take in the region of 2 years.
Motion from Cllr Mary Bohan, FF, at a meeting today (Mon, 11th of May) of Leitrim County Council at 11am in Bredagh Old Schoolhouse, Carrigallen, is in conflict with the ban on UGEE in the Leitrim County Development Plan and the recently stated policy
THE TROJAN HORSE!!!
‘The motion should be withdrawn completely at this stage. The first part of the motion, despite being factually correct, is being used as a Trojan horse in order to get the second part through.’
Councillor Mary Bohan, Fianna Fáil, motion on the Agenda of a meeting of Leitrim County Council on Monday, 11th of May at 11am in Bredagh Old School, adjacent to Carrigallen Church of Ireland, Carrigallen, Co. Leitrim:
(a) vote of no confidence in CDM Consortium of researchers appointed by the EPA to carry out the research in relation to fracking.
(b) I further call that Leitrim County Council calls on the Minister of Health and the Taoiseach in the interests of public health to have this research carried out by the Department of Health Chief Medical Officer.