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“Stop The Study” Campaign Has Stopped The Study!

category national | environment | press release author Monday February 08, 2016 17:49author by anon Report this post to the editors

EPA Study on Fracking was been carried on by Fracking firms.

Good news – it’s official!

The EPA Research Study on Fracking is now stopped. This study was targeted by the campaign against fracking as research showed the study was compromised – it was being led by companies with huge vested interests in the oil and gas industry. A statement from the Department (DCENR) yesterday (2nd) confirmed that the study has been stopped after its first phase, which included an overall look at regulations and legislation governing fracking. Phase 2, on-the-ground studies in Leitrim and Fermanagh which would have included some drilling, will not proceed and a report of Phase 1 will be published in Q3 of this year.

“GEAI is delighted with this news. Before Christmas, Minister Joe McHugh, who has responsibility for Natural Resources, said that he had requested an interim report from the EPA. It is great news that this has been confirmed. Basically, the study is stalled and, moreover, it is unlikely to proceed in the future – we understand that the contract with the lead research contractor – CDM Smith – finishes in August this year, two years from signing.

However, the campaign does not end. Now we will push for legislation that will ensure that fracking is never introduced into Ireland – the last hurdle. We are launching the “SIGN THE PLEDGE” campaign on Friday – asking all candidates to sign a pledge to support legislation to ban fracking in Ireland permanently.”

EPA Research Study on Fracking
http://www.epa.ie/researchandeducation/research/researc...arch/

Related Link: http://goodenergiesalliance.com/2016/02/03/the-stop-the-study-campaign-has-stopped-the-study/
author by anonpublication date Wed Feb 17, 2016 00:25author address author phone Report this post to the editors

In Sligo today is stated that campaigners did disrupt the meeting before questions could be asked.

Here some facts.

FFI did attend the meeting. The stop the (EPA) study was addressed. The chair informed the public that there was a meeting in Dec. by GEAI with the ministers , the EPA, with result that the study had been stopped.

Some Irish campaigners have been trying in the past week to get an official statement from the Irish Department of Energy confirming that this study has been stopped as GEAI is claiming.

The Department has since not been able to provide any such statement; the study has not actually been officially stopped but put on pause. The Stop The Study campaign is therefore far from over.

Think this is worth clarifying, as GEAI’s press release may give the wrong impression to those not familiar with the situation.

Martin Kenny (SF) Stop the Study: , ‘I shaved this morning, I stopped, but I can start shaving tomorrow again. You can stop something, but you can start again’

A campaigner after 1 ½ hour (so everyone could have had they say) stated:‘There have been close meetings in the Dail last Dec. between
Aedin (former FG councillor) GEAI, Eddie Mitchell (member FG), Love Leitrim, the minIsters and the EPA to announce that the study was stopped AT THE START OF THE ELECTION’

Related Link: http://frackingfreeireland.org/2016/02/16/disrupting-or-revealing-the-truth/
 
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