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Ireland Bans Fracking

Posted by Friends of the Earth on July 10, 2017 at 12:06 PM

2258-ireland-bans-fracking_90516309-390x285 - Ireland bans fracking (credit:journal.ie)
Ireland bans fracking (credit:journal.ie)

We've done it! Huge thanks to everyone involved.

On Thursday 6th July 2017, President Higgins signed the Bill to legally ban fracking in Ireland into law. 

The new law now makes it illegal for any one to look for or extract petroleum from Ireland's onshore.

The success of this campaign is down to the power of people working together to achieve a common goal. From the committed groups across Leitrim, to everyone who contacted their local TD, to those who signed our 11,000+ strong petition, those who showed up in the Dail and Seanad over the last few months, and those who held banners on the streets!  Everyone had a role to play.  Only together can we take on Government, and win!

This new law is a historic first step for Ireland on the journey to a clean zero carbon energy system.  No doubt there is lots more work to do to end peat and coal burning, to reduce our dependence on fossil fuel cars, to make sure offshore fracking never happens and to ensure we dont simply start importing fracked gas from elsewhere.... but we celebrate this victory for now!

The final words of the law are available here

And you can check out some of the media coverage from recent times here

Irish Times - State set to ban onshore fracking

The Journal.ie - A great Victory

The Irish Independent - outright ban on Fracking in Ireland days away

 

 

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