Bill to Ban Fracking Passes through the Oireachtas

Today’s passing of the historic Bill to ban onshore fracking is a great victory for local campaigners and a boost for the global climate movement, Ireland’s leading environmental organisation has said. The Petroleum and Other Minerals Development (Prohibition of Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing) Bill 2016 will now move on to the President for signing after passing […]

Bill to Ban Fracking in Ireland passes another major legislative hurdle

Friends of the Earth welcome the Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action and the Environment’s decision to pass a Bill which would ban hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas in Ireland.  This marks the ‘third stage’ or ‘committee stage’ debate on this Bill. The proposed Bill received unanimous support from the Dail late last year, […]

Farmers join Environmentalists To Back Bill To Ban Fracking

As an Oireachtas Committee began hearings on a draft law to ban fracking, today the IFA is joining local groups, environmentalists, water specialists and student campaigners to call for the Bill to be passed without delay.  Hildegarde Naughton TD, the Chair of Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action, received a petition from the groups, signed by […]

A vote for Fine Gael is a vote for fracking – Lynn Boylan MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has slammed Fine Gael MEPs for their continued support for fracking. Speaking after a key vote on the issue in the European Parliament this week Boylan criticised them for their position on the dangerous gas extraction method. ‘It is disappointing but not surprising given their track record on the issue […]

Harkin Urges Adoption Of European Parliament Decision On Fracking

Following her support for a vote in the European Parliament to request EU member states not to authorise any new fracking operations, Independent MEP Marian Harkin called for all local authorities in Ireland to provide for such a ban in their County Development Plans, based on the precautionary principle. Speaking in the European Parliament after […]

Carthy reiterates call for Fracking ban

Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West, Matt Carthy, has reiterated his call on the Irish government to introduce a complete ban on the practise of Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking).  Carthy was speaking after a response to a written question he submitted revealed that the European Commission has not ruled out an EU-wide ban on […]

EPA invites tenders for two-year research study on the environmental impacts of unconventional gas exploration and extraction in Ireland EPA001640

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today invited tenders for a two-year research programme to further the understanding of the potential impacts on the environment and human health from Unconventional Gas Exploration & Extraction (fracking) projects and operations, including construction, operation and aftercare. While there is currently no exploratory or commercial drilling underway in relation […]

Public Consultation on proposed Terms of Reference for a Programme of Research on Environmental Impacts of Unconventional Gas Exploration & Extraction

Unconventional Gas Exploration and Extraction is an emerging issue in Ireland, in particular with regard to the use of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) technology.  Recognising the need for detailed scientific information, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) initially commissioned preliminary desk research which was published in May 2012.  This information has been used, along with other sources […]

People’s Association Watchdog (PAW), call upon the government to BAN FRACKING in Ireland

We, the members of the People’s Association Watchdog (PAW), call upon the government to BAN FRACKING in Ireland. The People’s Association Watchdog (PAW) is a group of informed concerned citizens who engage ourselves in addressing current issues.  As citizens of Ireland we are angered at decisions being taken for short term gain regardless of their […]