We stand to lose more than we could ever gain.
Lets keep the Emerald isle green and lush.
Michael Doran Managing Director Action Renewables (Belfast):
"Potential to promote/develop renewable energy on the island of Ireland is substantial. We could be producing over 100% of our electricity requirement within 30-35 years."
Oil Giant SWN Is Suspending Its Work in New Brunswick After Nationwide Protests.
Harsh opposition to Texas energy firm SWN spread throughout Canada this week. Demonstrations popped up across the country in solidarity with protests in New Brunswick that resulted in a brutal RCMP response. The militarized police force has been enforcing a court ordered injunction to protect the company's natural gas exploration on unceded native land. An international call to action came from Idle No More and Elsipogtog First Nation using the hashtag #SHUTDOWNCANADA. The call was answered by roadblocks, banner drops and solidarity protests in Vancouver, Victoria, Winnipeg, Toronto, Hamilton, Montreal and even Ireland on December 2nd. Evidently, these movements have done something to stir SWN—as the company announced today they’d be shutting down all operations in New Brunswick until 2015.
RT reports on Fracking around the globe, and UK.
Yet silence from UK and Irish broadcasters.
Chevron moves in against large local opposition in Pungesti, Romania.
Reports of Police being heavy handed with community.
Watch online now the movie created by Fermanagh locals about Fracking.
Fracking In Fermanagh from Development Media Workshop
26-27 Feb 2014
Wave & Tidal 2014
Gregory Barker MP, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change will address the audience on Wednesday 26 February.
Francis Street, London, SW1P 1DH, UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 7901 3000
11th & 12th June 2014
ACI’s 3rd Tight& Shale Gas Summit which regularly brings together industry experts to address key issues as well as discuss on-going challenges and opportunities in the Uncertain Fracking Future.
11–13 November 2014
Conference & Exhibition |, Manchester, UK | 11–13 November 2014
The UK's Premier Renewable Energy Event. Includes International Small & Medium Wind 2014.
Widely recognised as the renewables event to attend in the UK.
Our flagship event is attended by over 4,500 delegates, 250 exhibitors and 190 speakers.
Better decisions produce better results..
Fracking is not a good decision.
$hale Gas/Oil and its extraction, is today's burning issue.
Shale Gas is a modern fuel and can fuel more than you think. Shale gas mainly fuels anger in the areas where drilling takes place.
You cannot save the economy by destroying the environment.
Who we are..
Not For Shale is a Belfast based group of concerned members of the public who have come together to highlight the threat of Fracking/Unconventional Gas Extraction, focusing mainly in the Northern and border counties but has a focus in bringing the issue of Fracking to the fore in an all Ireland context.
An argument against Fracking.
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Points to note:
In the 60's as Nuclear power came to being the new commercial industry for energy, it was hailed as the savior technology and would bring about a "Dawn of cheap energy for now and for future generations". There has been no epoch of cheap power.
This (Fracking)technology is so far ahead of current regulations that to allow it would be irresponsible.
Tax payers may have to foot the bill in an accident or unforeseen circumstances.
We are a small island.
We rely heavily on tourism and agriculture.
The UK population is of much higher concentration and unlike the USA where some states are very under populated, therefore we cannot compare like for like when talking about fracking carried out in other countries.
Gas extracted here will not necessarily mean a financial return for local people and industry.
We are trying to reduce CO2 and meet EU targets for reduction in emissions.
The use of Shale Gas could put back the development of clean renewable energy sources when now is the time to focus on these alternatives.
In event of an accident underground, it would be very difficult to remedy the fault.
Shale plays in Ireland are shallow. They are nearer the surface and aquifers than in some examples given by the industry in other places such as the USA. The proximity to clean fresh water is very worrying.
Our environment/Biosphere is being killed off by a thousand/million cuts to our symbiotic system globally. Hydro Fracturing is just another serious deep laceration to the structure that supports life on earth....
When will we say enough is enough?
As the days pass it seems the threat of Fracking becomes ever more real. The good news is that more and more people are realizing the damage this process could cause and are speaking out.
The issue here is about saying enough is enough. We must put our foot down and DEMAND that we are given a cleaner, greener, less destructive alternative by our politicians. We cannot afford to settle for any less.
By drawing a line in the sand and applying pressure on those in power and forcing a rethink on what would surely be a disaster if we were ever to allow Fracking here, we can achieve a cleaner, more environmentally friendlier alternative to power extraction, production and generation.
Those that spew the rhetoric of others in saying 'We need this for energy to power our homes and our cars' etc is no longer justifiable.
We do not want a substandard process to extract Shale gas which in itself being a fossil fuel will only add to the detriment of our world.
The alternatives are there. Only by forcing the issue and applying pressure will we see a change and a drive in a better direction.
We believe it can be done.
If enough people voice their concerns then we may see a U-turn on the idea of Fracking in Ireland.
The situation as it Stands
New proposals for Northern Ireland are at this current time being debated to make large parts of the province open to further exploitation of Oil, Gas and Coal.
No Hydraulic Fracking has been carried out in Ireland other than for minor prospecting purposes in the past.
That could all be about to change.
Tamboran are looking to drill in West Fermanagh at any time now to assess commercial viability.
Fracking on an industrial commercial scale could become a reality here in Ireland, North and South within a very short period of time unless the people of this land voice our concerns and help bring about a halt to all proceedings.
Drilling could be a reality here with 12 to 18 months.
We must do all we can to protect our countryside.
What we want:
Help protect our natural heritage, our beautiful environment.
To preserve and promote the Farming, Agricultural and Tourim sectors in N.Ireland and in the ROI.
We want to promote Green, renewable energy generation and follow the example that others such as Scotland are taking in this area.
What we do not want:
Conventional & Unconventional Oil and Gas extraction on the Island of Ireland.
Coal Bed Methane is methane (natural gas) trapped in coal seams underground. To extract the gas, after drilling into the seam, it is necessary to pump large amounts of water out of the coal seam to lower the pressure. It is often also necessary to frack the seam to extract the gas. There are a similar catalogue of negative environmental and social effects as with Shale Gas. This includes methane migration, toxic water contamination, air pollution, increased carbon emissions and a general industrialisation of the countryside. Impacts that are specific to CBM include depletion of the water table and potentially subsidence.
In common with other unconventional gas extraction, such as Shale Gas, CBM wells do not produce large amounts of gas per well and production declines very quickly. It is therefore necessary to drill large numbers of wells, covering a huge swaths of the landscape. CBM exploitation began in the US and over 55,000 CBM well have been drilled in the last decade or so, mostly in the western states (Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming in particular). In Australia, where it is know as Coal Seam Gas (CSG), over 5,000 CBM wells have been drilled in Queensland in the last few years and the industry is aggressively expanding into New South Wales. In the UK CBM is more advanced than Shale Gas and full scale production may begin soon.
World Health Organisation: "No safe level of exposure to Benzene (Chemical used to Frack) is recommened"
The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (UK)Nick Reeves: (Fracking) "A bonkers energy solution"
Ciaran McMenamin, Fermanagh Actor: "Fracking is the biggest issue for Fermanagh EVER"
Michael Doran Managing Director: Action Renewables
Jason Anderson, Head of Climate and Energy for WWF’s European Policy Office: “Not only is shale gas dirty, it’s unnecessary. As Europe converts to renewable energy we will be using less gas. Our main challenge in avoiding dangerous global warming is keeping fossil fuels in the ground , not finding new ways to get them out”
Joss Garman, Greenpeace's political director: “Fracking could mean hundreds of gas-flares burning across the countryside is more bad news for the communities likely to be impacted by George Osborne's dash for gas.”
Green Party Ireland Environment, Community and Local Government, Malcolm Noonan:
"We need to ask why we would go down the route of relying on a risky and polluting industry when we have other cleaner and more sustainable energy supplies available to us?"
Nick Grealy 'one of the leading advocates of shale gas in Europe'
–Do you have a favorite motto or saying?
Shale gas won’t change everything. It’s much more important than that.
Mike Young, head of the Geological Survey
"I don't think we know enough now to know that it is safe"
Alex Attwood, former Environment Minister, SDLP : "i believe that renewable energy could provide the single biggest economic opportunity for the entire island"...
..." the North could become a world leader in Carbon reduction"
Sinn Féin's spokespersons on Energy in the Oireachtas, Michael Colreavy TD (Sligo/North Leitrim) & in the Assembly Phil Flanagan MLA (Fermanagh & South Tyrone)
"Fracking needs to be banned in Ireland and Sinn Féin will continue to stand with those opposed to this dangerous method of gas exploration across the country."
Terry Engelder Penn State Professor of Geoscience
“This [fracking] is a new technology. The gas industry is learning as they go along and we need to give them a chance to get it right.”
Simon Hughes Liberal Democrat (UK)"The best way to get out of the red (national debt) is to go green.."
Prime Minister David Cameron(uk): "I want this to be the greenest government ever."
Journalist/Film Maker Terry Phelim: "If Ireland doesn't embrace Fracking, Ireland deserves the recession and much more"
Dr Aedin McLoughlin: "This industry is dirty. It causes land, air and water pollution wherever it operates throughout the world"
Simon Henry Shell's Chief Financial Officer: "The Fracking process would have a significant impact on nearby communities" (due to population proximity in UK/Europe as to the USA)
John Hodgson Blackpool/Poulton-le-Fylde resident(UK): "The whole house shook as if a lorry had run into the house" (during a frack induced quake)
Alex Attwood SDLP MLA and former Environment Minister (uk): "To simply adopt an approach that if gas exists in this form underground, for example in Fermanagh, it should be extracted, is a risk. This is a narrow approach. The right approach is to ask do we want to or need to extract the gas and can it be done safely?"
Eamon Ryan Green Party (ie): "We should set up a forum where Engineers and Scientists from both sides of the argument can present their analysis on Fracking"
Arlene Foster DUP MLA(uk): "Over the next four years i want to see an extension of the natural gas network throughout N.Ireland.. and yes, i do have to declare an interest - i do live in a house in Brookborough which may or may not be on the line of the new gas network"
Phil Flanagan Sinn Fein Fermanagh and Tyrone MLA(uk): (Arlene Foster) "Her complete lack of knowledge of the impact of Fracking will have here astounds me"
Phil Hogan, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government(ie):
“my objective is to make Ireland an environmental leader."
Ed Davey, Energy and Climate Change Secretary(uk): " .. gas to play a key role in keeping the lights on"
Arelene Foster, DUP DETI Minister " (the new 12 million 2012 invest NI project.. ) will help grow the green economy"
EU Commissioner Gúnther Oettinger " There should be no Fracking for 10 years" (he believed no decisions should be taken until the environmental impact of fracking was established and that could take between five and ten years) 29-9-2012
Tim Fox, IME: "UK shale gas could make a helpful contribution to the UK's energy security, but it is not the silver bullet many claim it is. It is unlikely to have a major impact on energy prices. A general over-reliance on gas will render the UK a hostage to volatile global energy markets, with or without UK shale gas."
John Cridland CBI director general: (which represents over 250,000 UK businesses in UK) "Look at European gas price projections. They all disagree on the number, but they all agree on the direction – up. European shale will help, but not on a US scale."
Volker Beckers, chief executive of RWE npower, one of the UK's big six energy companys: "There will be very little volumes of shale gas in the UK. We have more major [energy] problems to solve."
Tony Bosworth of FOE "Regulation could make fracking “safer, but I’m not sure whether it can make it safe”
Lithuanian Environmental Protection Committee "The government should halt shale-gas exploration and production until competent European Union institutions give an opinion" on the safety of related technologies.
Simon Thorpe, the CEO of the Ommegang Brewery USA “it’s all about the quality of the water. The technology surrounding fracking is still not fully developed. Accidents are happening. Places are getting polluted.”
Jonathan Stern, of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies: (In 5 years time Europe could be producing)“very modest amounts of shale gas.” Those countries might be Poland, Britain and perhaps Romania or Bulgaria. But “if there are any environmental problems, the whole thing will stop and not restart”
Peter Stewart is chief energy analyst at Interfax, publisher of Natural Gas Daily and Global Gas Analytics: "A well-crafted energy (UK Shale Gas debate) policy should do more than keep the lights on. It should invest in affordable energy with minimal damage to the planet."
Boris Johnston (UK Conservative) "If reserves of shale can be exploited in London we should leave no stone unturned, or unfracked, in the cause of keeping the lights on"
David Hughes Post-Carbon Institute geologist : "the long-standing decline of US oil and gas production", this can only:
"It's a big issue for the industry, i have called for greater transparency. That is the only way i have an honest conversation with the public"
John Hofmeister Former Shell Oil Co President: "As an example, some industry leaders have suggested that the Fracking boom has never caused water pollution. While the vast majority of wells do not have a problem, everybody knows that some wells go bad."
Vanessa Vine, founder of Founder of Frack Free Sussex: – living four miles from the Balcombe drill site said:
“For two years we’ve tried everything we can think of. We’ve created ultimately futile petitions, inundated social media and taken a UK-wide deputation to Number 10 – with an incisive and inarguable letter calling for an outright ban on unconventional hydrocarbon exploitation in Britain. Cameron could not answer it, because the truths presented were indisputable – so he ignored it".
John Martin, RSPB: "Shale gas exploration and extraction should only be allowed within a strict regulatory and policy framework that is fit for purpose, and in Northern Ireland this does not exist."
Michael Fallon, Energy minister, Conservative: “It’s from Dorset all the way through Hampshire, Sussex – East Sussex, West
Simon Hamilton ,DUP Northern Ireland: "We are at the end of every pipeline in the world and security of supply isn't there, So, there is an attraction with what is available in terms of shale gas. What we need is not to have a knee-jerk reaction in either direction, not rule it in but equally not rule it out, and make sure all concerns about the impact on the environment are dealt with."
Mark Durkan, SDLP Northern Ireland Environment Minister: "If and when any fracking planning application comes in, it will be for me to decide, not David Cameron"
President Barack Obama: “We have a supply of natural gas that can last America nearly 100 years, and my administration will take every possible action to safely develop this energy.”
Caroline Lucas: Green Party England (speaking at Balcombe) "When the democratic deficit is so enormous, people are left with very little option but to take peaceful, non-violent direct action."
Steve Hvozdovich, Marcellus Shale coordinator for Clean Water Action in Pennsylvania: "Whether you are the homeowner trying to get homeowners insurance or the neighbor [to a fracking site] who is trying to refinance, there are just so many tentacles to this. I don’t think people are grasping all the impacts of natural gas drilling (on real estate)."
Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) congressman north and west Denver."I think a lot of folks nationally are watching this case," noted that my home district fracking leads to a "haircut on a property’s values."
David Smythe, Emeritus Professor of Geophysics at Glasgow University.states: "Previously non-seismic zones can be triggered by the injection of fluids into wells, but it is not yet known whether fracking in an area like the Weald, which is cut by many faults, could trigger shocks."
Andrew Pendleton, head of campaigns for FOE UK: “It’s little wonder communities don’t trust the Government over fracking when their rights are so clearly being bulldozed aside to smooth the path for the big fracking firms,”
Padraig Pearse Mc Shane, Independent Councillor, Moyle, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland: “Rathlin Energy confirmed that no major employment opportunities would present themselves and the programme of work they envisaged would not be labour intensive. In addition, drilling rigs and specialised crews would all be brought in from overseas to the Ballinlea site. Neither would the company be offering training to enhance the prospect of job creation within the local community”.
Sir David King, former chief scientific adviser to the UK government: "It will not be a game-changer here as it has been in the US," he told the Guardian in his first interview since his new appointment. "You will not be able to do that and there would be enormous environmental consequences."
Michelle O’Neill Sinn Fein, Agricultural Minister: "During my time as Minister of this Department I would not agree to fracking taking place on land owned by my department."
Tony Bosworth, energy campaigner at Friends of the Earth: said: “People in Sussex have seen the impact of fracking in the US and the news that one of America’s biggest fracking companies (Halliburton)could be coming to the area will make them even more ready to fight drilling plans.”
Shell CEO Peter Voser: