Infrastructure minister Chris Hazzard unlikely to intervene in Woodburn Forest oil project

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http://www.irishnews.com/news/2016/06/08/news/minister-unlikely-to-intervene-in-woodburn-forest-oil-drilling-project-551715/

THE infrastructure minister, Chris Hazzard, has been criticised after indicating he will not be intervening directly in the case of an exploratory oil drill at Woodburn Forest near Carrickfergus.

The Sinn Féin minister has proposed a change in the law to require any exploration company to seek full planning permission for test drilling, but said there were “very limited opportunities for me to act in this case” as the matter was now the responsibility of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.
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Motion/Bill on fracking tabled in the Dail/Assembly by 3 political parties

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FIRST MOTION TO BAN FRACKING WAS BY PEOPLE BEFORE PROFIT, http://www.peoplebeforeprofit.ie/…/people-before-profit-hi…/
“Towards the end of the 31st Dáil we in People Before Profit, along with Friends of the Earth, put forward the Prohibition of Hydraulic Fracturing Bill 2015. We intend on moving this bill as soon as we can in the Dáil.
SINN FEIN FOLLOWED http://www.anphoblacht.com/contents/26120
AND NOW FINE GAEL.
THEY MIGHT SEE POLITICAL OPPORTUNITIES…
Picture taken in Manorhamilton meeting. At that time Tony was pretty vague re. to ban fracking.
http://www.tonymcloughlintd.ie/fracking_legislation
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Amendment by Sinn Fein

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http://www.sinnfein.ie/files/2016/Petroleum_and_Other_Minerals_Development_%28Amendment%29_Bill_2016.pdf

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Dail Bill seeks to ban fracking and ‘stop it gaining a foothold in Ireland’

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motionA DÁIL Bill which aims to ban the controversial natural gas extraction technique of hydraulic fracturing – commonly known as fracking – in the state has been launched by Sinn Féin TDs Brian Stanley and Martin Kenny.

http://www.anphoblacht.com/contents/26120

The extraction process involves pumping thousands of gallons of water mixed with rock-dissolving chemicals into the ground to break up the rock and allow trapped gas to move towards the surface, where it can be extracted.

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Protest at Dublin HQ over Woodburn Forest

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CARRICK TIMES

http://www.carrickfergustimes.co.uk/news/carrickfergus-news/protest-at-dublin-hq-over-woodburn-forest-1-7393299

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12:53Friday 20 May 2016

Green activists are to protest at Sinn Féin’s Dublin headquarters tomorrow in relation to the Woodburn Forest drill in Carrickfergus.Representatives from Young Friends of the Earth will take part in a demonstration urging the party to take a public stand against the project.Mícheál Callaghan of Young Friends of the Earth Ireland said: “Despite grassroots level Sinn Féin party members and local councillors being opposed to the drill at Woodburn, the response from senior members of the party has been limited despite the vocal – and laudable – opposition of the party to extractive industries.

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What is Sinn Feins position on Infrastrata Woodburn drill?

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What is Sinn Fein’s position on Infrastrata Woodburn drill ?

Sinn Fein have been very quiet on Infrastrata’s project in Woodburn Forest ? I think questions need to be asked about why ?

I was present at the Sinn Fein conference in the Lough Erne hotel when via videolink Dr Tony Ingraffea expressed disbelief that an oil and gas drilling project was to proceed within 400M of a reservoir that supplies 130K people with drinking water.  An important point also made was that we are now into riskier drilling. All the easy to get oil and gas is gone, any project that is proposed now is by nature riskier – whether that be into shales, coal or tight sandstone.  These wells and well sites have a poorer record.

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Sinn Fein – position on fracking and the EPA stop the study

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http://www.leitrimsinnfein.ie/#!Cautious-Welcome-to-Halting-EPA-Study-Kenny/cjds/56b728a10cf2b4e0b61ee8e9

Energy debate

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This is the transcript of the debate below. A record as to what way senators actually voted on this amendment needs to be established first. It appears that the senators might have voted electronically on this amendment, The Government doesn’t have a majority in the Seanad/Senate, so on a vote like this it should be easier to have a ban on fracking passed in the Seanad than in the Dáil.
FOR FRACKING SCROLL DOWN, SECTION 7

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