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Cedar Lounge
For lefties too stubborn to quit

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Dublin Opinion
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Irish Left Review
Joined up thinking for the Irish Left

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Human Rights in Ireland
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offsite link Suicide and the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act: Where Are We Now? Wed Aug 20, 2014 12:00 | Máiréad Enright

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IRISH POLITICIANS BETRAY GAZA
Irish political representatives shamefully abstain in crucial UN vote on Gaza

Ireland and 16 other EU countries abstained from the UN Human Rights Council resolution to set up a commission of inquiry into Gaza. Apparently over "concerns that the draft text was unbalanced, inaccurate and prejudges the outcome of the investigation." The resolution was approved with 29 votes in favour, one against (the United States) and 17 abstentions. More details see here
Ireland's ambassador to the UN Patricia O'Brien today said Ireland had
"a very valid reason not to support the resolution."
Yeah right Patricia, and the reason was our masters in the US embassy told us not to vote in favour and our spineless politicians meekly obeyed.

Update 03/08/2014:Just hours after an attack on a United Nations-operated school took the lives of 20 civilians last week, the US announced it would resupply Israeli military with new ammunition to further their campaign on the war-ravaged city. Only several days later, the US Congress overwhelmingly approved an emergency measure to grant Israel $225 million in additional funding to boost the country’s missile defense capabilities. "

UPDATE 12th August: So far Israel has killed over 1949 Palestinians including
449 children. 9891 injured, including over 3000 children.
This count is increasing by the hour.

For a list of all names, see http://www.imemc.org/article/68429
- the website of the International Middle East Media Center.

Fracking Stories on Indymedia

Fracking Summary

Fracking is the latest fraud and threat to hit us. It brings promises of boundless energy and wealth. The reality is that these wells are costly in money and can and do cause very serious long term damage over wide areas to the soil and water table by contamination. The few gains that are got go to a few individuals who own or run the corporation pushing this technology. In energy terms it represents the last desperate attempts to keep energy flow at any cost. The truth is that these wells have massive depletion rates of up to 70% in the first year of production, The mechanism to finance these dubious wells is basically a ponzi scheme that is based on resale of fracking licenses. But with the massive depletion rates just mentioned, it means 70% of the total revenue is obtained in the first year and it rapidly tails off after that. So anyone sold these is left holding the bag as it were and the liability for damage and cleanup. From the recent experience with the property bubble and bust, we know how that worked out.

With Fracking you drill down into the rock in all directions and using high powered water pressure mixed with sand an a cocktail of dangerous poisonous chemicals the rock is shattered and the trapped gas released. This requires vast amounts of energy, piping and water. It literally wrecks the land. In Canada and the USA farmers have been wiped out because all their animals died from the poisons. What will happen in this corrupt country is that our government and their officials will smooth talk everything, give the okay and allow rampant greed to take over. Then when it all goes bust, we the people and thousands of farmers will be left with severely damaged land. It could even wipe out farming. It will certainly destroy our fishing and tourism. The fracking boom could be here and gone in less than 10 years and a small bunch of people will make off with the profits. However for the hundreds of thousands of people affected in the targeted areas the costs will be immense. You have been warned. This will be like the property boom except this time, your very land and means to survive will be destroyed.


See
See this illustration of how it works.

How Fracking Works

Here's another illustration of the fracking process. Image and text just below is from http://NotForShale.com/fracking.htm

Issues with Fracking are as such:

  • Large areas cleared and levelled to allow for drilling sites and road infrastructure to help support the process taking place.
  • Potential damage to water systems, above and below ground from use of toxic fluids and elements used in drilling.
  • Unkown damage to Geological layout.
  • Risk of explosion on site. (incidents have happened in the past in USA)
  • Loud Noise.
  • Escaping gas, this alone can cause health effects.
  • Has the potential to cause earthquakes.
  • When a site becomes exhausted of extracting gas, the site must be heavily secured and treated long term as there could pressure build-up.
  • The storing and treatment of used fluids and chemicals after drilling. This is very costly to the companies drilling.




Issues with Fracking in terms of Northern Ireland / Ireland along with above:

  • No governmental body or independant overseeing the industry here. Therefore accountability is minimal in any given event.
  • No State ownership of resources after drilling. The Shale gas becomes privately owned. Private companies have no obligation to give discount to local economy of resources acquired.
  • Tax payer here must foot the bill in the event of a clean up after an accident.
  • Ireland is small, even a small event could affect the island as a whole. The drilling here is focused in and around border counties with proximity to the Erne-Shannon waterway that could allow chemicals to travel the length of Ireland.
  • The private companies here are new to the drilling industry and have no prior or minor experience of Shale gas drilling.
  • With Fracking the earth for gas, there then comes a need to store that gas. Huge chambers (500 Million cubic metres est) are being unearthed deep beneath the Larne Sub Basin onshore and offshore and along the NorthEast coast. These chambers are being created to store air at high pressure but could also be used to store gas. It is not certain whether gas Fracked in N.Ireland will be stored at these sites but it is a possibility. The salt deposits from the excavated caverns and tunnels may be injected into the sea sending the water/salt levels out of sync causing huge problems for marine life. There are 3 projects to create these chambers in planning.

Articles on Indymedia on Fracking

Statement from some of No Fracking Ireland on EPA 'consultation' process which ended today. - March 8th 2013

Overview of Fracking and Ireland - March 8th 2013

Renouned Investigative Journalist Greg Palast Talks about Fracking in Enniskillen, Carrick on Shannon and Dublin

Poland and Fracking - Lessons to be Learned - Ban Fracking In EU

Counties and Townlands in the Fracking Zones - Are You Living in a Facking Zone? Find Out Here.
Response to the article 'Frank Convery, Yvonne Scannell, Fracking and Local Credibility in Ireland'
Fracking Ireland - Business Group Accept €20,000 From Tamboran Local Fracking Talk Brings Revelations

Open letter to the members of the 31st Dáil Éireann. Hydraulic Shale Gas Fracturing - Tamborans claims - Chemicals involved in the fracking procedure
Presentations: "The Realities of Hydraulic Fracturing" and "Fracking Inhumanity"

Bulgaria Bans Fracking - (from SchNews)
Documentary film “Gasland” on "fracking" free showing in the Northwest

Map of the Areas To Be Fracked

As you can see this affects very large areas of the country. A lot of people are going to be badly affected by this.

Fracking Licenses

UK Indymedia Features

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