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Minister's support for ban on fracking welcome, as EPA identifies key uncertainities

Issued in news on November 30, 2016 at 16:13:00.

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EPA report identifies key uncertainties in impacts of fracking on the environment and human health

Minister's support for ban on fracking welcome

Research commissioned by the EPA on Unconventional Gas Exploration and Exploitation UGEE, or fracking was published today.

The research, which was limited to a desk study analysis, concludes that there is inconclusive data and evidence to quantify many of the risks of fracking on the environment and public health, particularly in relation to the pollution of groundwater aquifers.

Commenting Kate Ruddock, Deputy Director of Friends of the Earth said

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EPA Research on Fracking out today at 2pm - Four tests for its credibility

Issued in news on November 30, 2016 at 13:09:00.

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Press Release
For Immediate Release 30-11-2016
Friends of the Earth

EPA Report on Fracking out at 2pm today

Four tests for its credibility

The long awaited research commissioned by the EPA on Unconventional Gas Exploration and Extraction, or ‘fracking’ will be published today at 2pm.

This research is expected to examine the potential impacts of fracking in Ireland, and comes one month after the Dáil unanimously accepted the principle of banning fracking in Ireland [1].

Here are 4 tests which should be used to determine if this research can offer a credible contribution to the debate on whether fracking should go ahead in Ireland or not.

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Dail gives unanimous backing to bill to ban fracking

Issued in news on October 28, 2016 at 11:50:00.

Dáil gives unanimous backing to Bill to ban fracking
Hailed as historic first step to fossil free future

Friends of the Earth has hailed the passing of a Bill to ban fracking in the Dáil tonight as "an historic first step towards a fossil free future". At 7.20pm the Ceann Comhairle noted that the Dáil had "unanimously" agreed the second stage of Tony McLoughlin's private members bill and referred it to a select committee for detailed scrutiny. The decision came on the same day the Dáil voted to ratify the Paris Agreement which comes into force next week.

Commenting, Deputy Director of Friends of the Earth, Kate Ruddock said:

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Last night we made history. Now let's make the future.

Issued in the blog on October 28, 2016 at 11:47:00.

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10 days ago we asked for your help to get a Bill to ban fracking over its first big hurdle in the Dáil. You responded like never before, raising money for a legal opinion on the Bill in less than 24 hours. Then 2,500 of you wrote to your local TDs urging them to #BackTheBill.

And you won!

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Research report finds fracking for shale gas incompatible with good water quality and recommends its prohibition in Ireland

Issued in news on October 25, 2016 at 11:03:00.

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Research report finds fracking for shale gas incompatible with good water quality and recommends its prohibition in Ireland

Report launch: Buswells Hotel, Dublin at 1.00 p.m., Tuesday October 25th

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Ask your TD to #BackTheBill to ban fracking

Issued in the blog on October 20, 2016 at 17:27:00.

Will you ask your TD to vote for a ban on fracking next week?

There is a Bill to ban fracking in Ireland scheduled for debate in the Dáil next week (Thurs 27th Oct, 3:30 - 5:30). If we can mobilize enough support it will take a crucial step towards becoming law. But we need your TDs to agree to it.

Most political parties have either a stated policy or declared in their election manifesto's that they are opposed to fracking. Have a look at this infographic of what the different parties have said about fracking.

Act Now

 

Now we need to make sure they keep their promises.

 

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2016 Election Pledge Legislation to ban fracking

Issued in publications on October 18, 2016.

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Friends of the Earth Ireland calls on Enda Kenny to respect Seanad vote on trade deal

Issued in news on October 10, 2016 at 13:29:00.

Friends of the Earth Ireland calls on Enda Kenny to respect Seanad vote on trade deal

Seanad urges Government to oppose implementation of CETA until parliamentary scrutiny and ratification is complete.

Yesterday, the Seanad approved a motion calling on the Irish government to reject provisional application of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and Europe. The historic motion makes the Irish Parliment the first in the world to take a vote on CETA. Independent senator Alice Mary Higgins proposed the motion, which passed by one vote, having garnered the support of The Civil Engagement Group, Labour, Sinn Féin, and Green Parties, thus rejecting the position Fine-Gael led government.

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Taoiseach, it's time

Issued in the blog on September 29, 2016 at 17:14:00.

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The Taoiseach was addressing the Seanad today and a couple of Senators were interested in raising climate change with him. Here's what I would have said.
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Taoiseach,

Your government has adopted a National Policy Position on Climate Action, underpinned by the Climate Act, that defines Ireland's transition objective for 2050 as an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions between energy, housing and transport, and carbon neutrality for agriculture and land use, in line with the lower end of the EU's emissions goal for 2050. And your Government's White Paper on Energy has a target of reducing energy emissions by 80-95% by 2050, in line with the higher end of the EU's goal, and proclaims a vision of a "carbon-free" future for Ireland.

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“Ban fracking!” A creative call from young people in fracking affected communities

Issued in the blog on September 26, 2016 at 11:07:00.

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A group of young activists aged 12-18 from fracking affected communities in the north-west of Ireland have highlighting the dangers of fracking through artworks created during the month long Eco/Art/Action summer programme.

The programme was a collaboration between Young Friends of the Earth, local anti-fracking group Love Leitrim and artists from the Leitrim Sculpture Centre.

Taking place over the course of two day workshops and a weekend residential, it aimed to explore fracking in its local and global context and create a space for young people to make their voices heard in debates around the issue.

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