Watched the documentary Gasland on tv. I had been neither pro or against as I didn't know too much about it. Have to say I was shocked to see the desperate situation that people were in due to the pollution generated by the fracking processes. They were getting sick and had to source clean water for drinking, washing and cooking. Their water wells were polluted by chemicals. I didn't realise fracking used so many chemicals in the process. As one farmer showed his beef living and eating in the polluted area that was his farm - he pointed out that some time later they will end up as steak on someone's plate complete with all the chemicals they have ingested over their lifetime. While I know this documentary was made to show the damage caused by fracking I was very moved by the plight of the people living in its shadow. They are trapped there as who would buy property in an area like that.
It has certain similarities with the building industry here that made huge profits but left a torrent of human misery in its wake.
Todays Irish Times article first hand information from those that have lived through it in Canada. Over for a series of local lectures.
Fracking Inhumanity” – Jessica Ernst MSc
Thursday February 23rd at 8pm Bush Hotel, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim
Friday February 24th at Glenfarne, Co. Leitrim, The Rainbow (Ballroom
of Romance) at 8pm
Fermanagh, Sligo, Leitrim, Dublin.
North West Network Against Fracking (part of No Fracking Ireland network) have organised two speakers from Canada to do a series of public meetings next week in Ireland.
Dr.John O Connor, Alberta, Canada - presentation on “The
Realities of Hydraulic Fracturing and the associated health risks to
“Fracking Inhumanity” - presentation by Scientist Jessica Ernst M.Sc
Dr. John O'Connor and Jessica Ernst M.Sc will be in Clarion Hotel, Sligo, Feb 22nd, 8pm.
Free admission - All welcome.
Jessica Ernst will be in Belcoo, Community Centre, Fermanagh, Feb 21st 8pm
The Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon, Feb 23rd, 8pm
Glenfarne, Co.Leitrim, (venue/time TBC) Feb 24th
Dublin - city centre (venue/time TBC)
A question and Answers session will follow the presentations.
All are welcome, and entrance is free.
Please spread the word to friends and neighbours about these important upcoming events, thank you.
All enquiries, please ring Meg on 0863840254
NO FRACKING IRELAND is a grassroots network, calling for a ban on fracking in Ireland. There are local groups affiliated to this network in several counties in Ireland - Please see description on main page on Facebook for further details.
Sen. O'Keefe seems pretty intelligent and very concerned. Tony on the other hand came across as very nervous. Visibly shaking and stuttering. He's either camera-shy or he's hiding something. It's usually the latter, when it comes to oil/gas industry folks.
I thought Mark Cagney did quite well (no pun intended) with the questions.
This is what its all about really
Last two dates to see jessica Ernst- Ballroom of romance tonight at 8pm and Dublin, teachers club Parnell square, tomorrow Sat at 4pm.
two really important articles in todys independent
International news media cover story
Hot off the press
Study shows air emissions near fracking sites may impact health
Much of the focus to date has been on water
New Irish website on fracking => https://sites.google.com/site/frackingireland/
Lecture tomorrow by visiting German expert on fracking.
How Public opinion and the media have turned against FRACKING in Germany’
Helmut Fehr, Geoscientist and German Green Party councillor will give a presentation in the Rainbow Ballroom Glenfarne on the topic of ‘How Public opinion and the media have turned against FRACKING in Germany’. Last August Helmut spoke to a crowded house in Drumshanbo, about his experiences in Westphalia where the community learnt gradually how to interpret the language of the companies to be able to gain a full picture of the process. In his last seminar helmut gave further stark warnings that are relevant to Ireland. He spoke of how the companies engage the politicians with promises of tax revenues and jobs, promises he expressed were empty as it meant displacing other jobs.
Helmut Fehr is an ambassador of a model to ensure that there is proper public particpation in decesion making concerning this technique. There is currently a moratorium in place in Westphalia.
Get an opportunity to hear his first hand experience and make your own mind up.
Lecture will be followed by a questions and answer session.
In Ballroom of Romance, Glenfarne, Co. Leitrim on Mon Apr 2nd at 7.30pm.
For further information please contact: 086 0870090
For those who couldnt make the Helmut Fehr event here is a report. There are other fracking related articles on the site too