The Bern Manifesto: Why I am Voting for Bernie Sanders Wed Jan 27, 2016 23:59 | Jerome Nikolai Warren
Kautsky â€“ The crisis of capitalism and the shortening of working time Mon Nov 09, 2015 22:34 | James O'Brien
How to do better things with words Fri Oct 23, 2015 07:38 | modulus
Syriza and Israel: Syrizaâ€™s response Thu Aug 20, 2015 18:10 | yeksmesh
What does a Corbyn victory mean? Tue Aug 18, 2015 00:32 | Sami El-Sayed
Spirit of Contradiction >>
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005
Editing letters to the Irish Times
Stephen Collins: An enemy of my country Anthony
Elaine Byrne: Suffering from chronic naivety Anthony
Free speech under state attack in Ireland Anthony
Denis O’Brien: Are the sharks moving in for the kill? Anthony
Public Inquiry >>
A bird's eye view of the vineyard
Documentary: Ukraine ? Masks of revolution. Eng. Subs Sun Feb 07, 2016 15:31 | The Saker
VPE presents highly anticipated, controversial (to some) documentary about so called Maidan revolution. Movie itself has been produced by high ranking agents of Kremlin inside of French Canal+ TV channel:
To Refugee Or Not To Refugee ? That Is The Question? Sun Feb 07, 2016 14:23 | mod editor
This comment was chosen by Mod TR from the post ?Turkey’s Gates To Europe?. The moderator believes this comment looks at another reason for the flood of refugees into Germany
Russia Defense Report ? Feb. 6, 2016: Battle for Arctic Sat Feb 06, 2016 15:02 | The Saker
If you are having trouble viewing this video, go to the Youtube version at https://www.youtube.com/user/crimeanf...
Week Seventeen of the Russian Intervention in Syria: does Erdogan want war with Russia? Sat Feb 06, 2016 00:06 | The Saker
This article was written for the Unz Review: http://www.unz.com/tsaker/week-sevent... The situation with Turkey is rapidly getting out of control: not only have the Turks conducted artillery strikes across the Syrian
Coming to a head in Syria Fri Feb 05, 2016 21:39 | The Saker
by Ghassan Kadi What started as a ?War On Syria?, allowed to grow and fester unabated, fueled and sponsored by eighty three nations spearheaded by Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Israel
The Saker >>
Out on the Inside Thu Feb 04, 2016 06:00 | Sinead Ring
A&L Goodbody and Irish Refugee Council Asylum Law Award 2016 Wed Jan 27, 2016 08:46 | Liam Thornton
The Espaces Generation Climat and the domestication of public engagement Fri Jan 15, 2016 11:43 | Ntina Tzouvala
Reflections on climate action in the aftermath of Paris Tue Jan 12, 2016 13:17 | Ntina Tzouvala
Deportation, ISIS and the Irish Courts Mon Jan 04, 2016 08:43 | Liam Thornton
Human Rights in Ireland >>
Mayo needs to wake up to Fracking
Monday August 25, 2014 23:37 by Anti-fracking
Mayo needs to wake up on controversial fracking issue
The Mayo Advertiser carried an article on fracking on Aug 22nd. See below.
Mayo needs to wake up to the reality that the controversial method of extracting natural gas from rock — known as fracking — could soon become a major issue in the county.
That is according to two local Sinn Féin representatives who this week urged the public and political representatives to call on the Government to make its position on fracking clear because a number of Mayo townlands in the Swinford and Charlestown areas have long been flagged as possible fracking sites.
Fracking is a controversial — but lucrative and effective — method of extracting gas from shale rock. It involves drilling wells deep underground and pumping in water, sand, and chemicals at high pressure to fracture the rock and release natural gas.
The major concerns around fracking centre on the possible risk of contamination of underground water systems and the harm this could cause for local residents, and particularly the farming and tourism sectors.
Cllr Gerry Murry, Charlestown, and John Sheahan, a Sinn Féin representative in the Swinford area, both spoke about the issue this week.
Cllr Murray said initial exploration licences for townlands in the Charlestown and Swinford area were issued in 2010 and work has been carried out to assess the areas’ suitability for fracking.
The licences granted permission for what he described as “desktop studies” of the townlands in the context of fracking.
“We had alot of low flying aircraft in the area in 2011,” said Cllr Murray. “Essentially what they were doing was X-raying the ground for these studies.”
However whether fracking actually becomes a reality or not very much depends on what the EPA rules in its report on fracking in Ireland, which is expected to be published in the coming months.
Significant anti-fracking campaigns have been launched ahead of the EPA report in a number of other counties identified for potential fracking.
Cllr Murray attributed the relative silence on the matter in Mayo to the fact that the areas affected here are on the periphery of the county, and many people may not be aware that they are potential fracking sites.
In the meantime, Mr Sheahan is calling on the Government to make its policy position on fracking known.
He pointed to a decision by Minister for the Environment in Northern Ireland, Mark Durkan, earlier this month which rejected a planning application from an Australian mining company to drill an exploratory borehole for shale gas at Belcoo, Co Fermanagh.
Mr Sheahan said the last Fianna Fáil-led government supported fracking and the current government need to make clear their position on the issue.
“The Government needs to make its position in relation to fracking clear, otherwise one can only conclude that the Fine Gael and Labour position is the same as that of the previous government,” said Mr Sheahan.
Cllr Murray said a Sinn Féin motion to deal with fracking in the County Development Plan was defeated in the lifetime of the last council
He said he sees fracking as an ongoing issue that could become very serious.
“If the EPA report says this practice is sustainable, then this will be happening where there is shale — in Charlestown, Swinford, possible towards Foxford and Kilkelly as well.