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Ban Fracking On The Island Of Ireland
The island of Ireland is one of the greenest places on earth but global energy corporations want to change that. The fracking industry have big plans for both sides of the border and we need to act fast to stop them. We can't sit back and let our land and water be destroyed by those who promise us the earth while destroying it in the process. Demand that we follow follow the French and German governments, invest heavily in renewables, and ban fracking on the island of Ireland. Sign and share the petition now. Each time someone signs it, key politicians will get an email urging them to act. Despite huge opposition, Australian company Tamboran Resources wants to commence fracking work in scenic Fermanagh and Leitrim. Other areas under threat include the Antrim, Down, Derry, Donegal, Sligo, Roscommon, Cavan, Monaghan, Clare, Cork and Kerry. Fracking promises an abundance of jobs and energy but at what cost? Fracking or 'hydraulic fracturing' involves drilling down and injecting toxic chemicals into the earth at high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas. Studies show that fracking contaminates drinking water, affects air quality, and disrupts fish, farming, wildlife and tourism. It has also been linked to tremors and earthquakes in England, the U.S and elsewhere. It also impacts negatively on house prices. The French government have described fracking as a massacre on the landscape. All around the world citizens and governments are waking up to the destruction and dangers it poses. We need to come together and demand leaders in Belfast, Dublin and London do the same. Sign and share the petition now. Everyone agrees that the island of Ireland urgently needs jobs, investment and new sources of energy. What we need is a sensible long-term plan that makes both parts of the island global leaders in eco-tourism and green food and energy. That way we can create real and sustainable jobs that don't cost the earth. We already have huge momentum. Leitrim, Donegal, Sligo, Roscommon and Sligo County Councils have all passed motions calling for a ban, as has Omagh and Fermanagh District Council. Their opposition to fracking is shared by well known figures including Paul McCartney, Robert Redford, Matt Damon, Adrian Dunbar, Yoko Ono and Alec Baldwin. Northern Ireland Environment Minister Mark Durkan and Alex White, the Irish Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, both say that further studies are needed before fracking can begin in full force. However campaigners suspect that global energy lobbyists could get their way when it comes to influencing new studies and legislation. Our ancestors knew to protect the land for future generations and we must do the same. Let us unite together, protect our beautiful island, and build a prosperous future for all. Demand a ban on fracking. 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Joe, Lisa and all at Afri ________________________ Media links Friends Of The Earth Warm Over Fracking In Northern Ireland http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/environment/friends-of-the-earth-warn-over-fracking-in-northern-ireland-29904048.html Leitrim Councillors Condemn Tamboran Resources http://www.rte.ie/news/2014/0731/634288-fracking/ No fracking pledge by Fermanagh’s biggest landownerhttp://fermanaghherald.com/2013/10/no-fracking-pledge-by-fermanaghs-biggest-landowner/#sthash.HN8IJWht.dpuf EPA officlal links fracking to water issueshttp://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/epa-official-links-fracking-and-drinking-water-issues-in-dimock-pa/2013/07/29/7d8b34b2-f8a1-11e2-afc1-c850c6ee5af8_story.html Germany bans fracking until at least 2021 http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/wall-street-journal/germany-bans-fracking-till-2021/story-fnay3ubk-1226979613342?nk=129c02e9cb3c4b08d15ac04f015e88b7 France Upholds Ban On Fracking http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/12/business/international/france-upholds-fracking-ban.html?_r=0 New York Times Expose on Fracking Offers Lessons http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/egoldstein/new_york_times_expose_on_frack.html Two Thirds of Britons Favour Wind Over Frackinghttp://positivenews.org.uk/2014/environment/renewable_energy/15778/two-thirds-britons-favour-wind-power-fracking/ Scientists for Global Responsibility - fracking reportPress release - http://www.cieh.org/media/media3.aspx?id=53552PDF report - http://www.sgr.org.uk/pages/shale-gas-and-fracking-examining-evidence The Guardian - Fracking newshttp://www.theguardian.com/environment/shale-gas Canadaians can't drink their water after mining waste flows into rivers http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/08/05/3467611/bc-water-tailings-pond-breach/ Belfast Telegraph - Fracking Q & Ahttp://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/fracking-qa-on-the-divisive-issue-30468515.html Environment Minister Mark H Durkan rejects Tamboran proposals for exploratory drilling in Co Fermanaghhttp://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/fracking-environment-minister-mark-h-durkan-rejects-tamboran-proposals-for-exploratory-drilling-in-co-fermanagh-30499177.html#comments Fracking campaigners criticise 'censored' report on house priceshttp://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/aug/10/fracking-censored-house-price-reportU.S government report: Drinking Water at Risk from Underground Fracking Waste Injectionhttp://ecowatch.com/2014/07/28/drinking-water-at-risk-underground-fracking-waste-injection/ 7 Things You Need To Know About The Toxin That’s Poisoned Ohio’s Drinking Waterhttp://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/08/03/3467068/toledo-ohio-water-crisis/States With Fracking See Surge In Earthquake Activityhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/14/fracking-earthquake_n_5585892.htmlSmall English Community Takes on Fracking Industry - and wins!http://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/fracking-dilemma-goes-on-as-companies-seek-to-guzzle-gas-from-the-ground-1.1892844 LEAKED: MLA Members Briefing on Tamboran & Legislative Definition of Mineralshttp://www.scribd.com/doc/236337105/LEAKED-MLA-Members-Briefing-on-Tamboran-Legislative-Definition-of-Minerals Jury awards Texas family nearly $3 million in fracking casehttp://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-fracking-lawsuit-20140424-story.html________________________________________________ Fracking information Greenpeace - Fracking http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/en/campaigns/global-warming-and-energy/The-Problem/fracking/ Dangers of Fracking http://www.dangersoffracking.com No To Fracking http://nofracking.com Earth Justice - Resources http://earthjustice.org/features/campaigns/fracking-across-the-united-states Environment America report http://www.environmentamerica.org/sites/environment/files/reports/EA_FrackingNumbers_scrn.pdf ________________________________________________ Video / film Video - Presentation by Dr Mariann Lloyd-Smith, Senior Adviser to the National Toxics Network and IPEN - Dublin, 24th May 2013. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mf6i54znf6s Video - Clare Fracking Concern short documentary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpzSmwIwK6Q Video - The Future of Fracking in Ireland (Letrim focus) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S10eRf8pYz4 Video - BBC Journalist Greg Palast Speaks at No Fracking Ireland Eventhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXyN0InzCdw Video - Talk by Leah Doherty, No Fracking Ireland https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yu7ip8hei-E Film - Gasland http://vimeo.com/70442569 Film - Fracking Hell (18 mins) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEB_Wwe-uBM ________________________________________________ Key contacts Contact details for Belfast, Dublin, London & Brussels politicianshttp://frackingfreeireland.org/contact/contact-irish-politicians/Email Irish TDs and Councillors directly from this sitehttp://www.contact.ie/ Find out phone numbers and info for all Irish politicianshttp://www.whoismytd.com/ Northern Ireland MLAshttp://www.niassembly.gov.uk/Your-MLAs/ Dublin Alex White TD, Minister for Communications, Energy and and Natural Resources Tel: +353 (0)1 618 3972 Email: email@example.com Twitter: @AlexWhiteTD Belfast Mark Durkan MLA, Minister of the Environment Tel: +44 (0) 28 7136 5516 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @markhdurkan ________________________________________________ Companies involved Tamboran resourceshttp://www.tamboran.com Lough Allen Natural Gas Co (Finvera Wind Energy) http://www.finavera.com Enegi Oilhttp://www.enegioil.com ________________________________________________ Anti-Fracking GroupsFracking Free Ireland http://frackingfreeireland.org No To Fracking Northern Ireland http://notofracking.com Fracking Free Clare http://frackingfreeclare.org Love Letrim http://www.loveleitrim.org/category/fracking/ Fermanagh Fracking Awareness Group http://www.frackaware.com/wordpress/ Not For Shale N.I http://notforshale.com Good Energies Ireland Alliance http://goodenergiesalliance.com/fracking-areas/