Fracking Ireland…here it comes.

1 Jun

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Earlier this week we heard the dreaded news that fracking is to go ahead in Ireland. Tamboran is to drill 3 test wells near Belcoo in County Fermanagh starting sometime this month.  This is in Northern Ireland which is under the jurisdiction of the UK government but I’m afraid pollution and destruction of our lands and water do not recognise political boundaries on a solid land mass. Isn’t it a sad situation that we have to fight our governments to try and protect our environment. Surely it is the job of government to protect the people it is meant to be serving rather than kow towing to the will of corporations.

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Our beautiful Ireland is to be offered up on the altar of greed and money and damn the consequences. We must try and defend her otherwise we are complicit in these acts of vandalism.

In the words of Theodore Roosevelt:

“Here is your country. Cherish those natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of it’s beauty, it’s riches or it’s romance.”

It seems we will soon have to try and protect our cherished land.

42 Responses to “Fracking Ireland…here it comes.”

  1. sourcesuburban June 1, 2014 at 7:03 am #

    I am so sorry to hear that…we too have fracking in Australia despite the proof that it cannot be controlled to the extent that the environment and people are not at risk. My first assignment for my sustainability studies was on fracking and it is abominable what goes on…the deals and the half truths…I wish you well..rally and protest and hope against hope that sense will prevail :0)

    • bridget June 1, 2014 at 10:46 am #

      That is our hope…that sense will prevail.

  2. WoodlandBard June 1, 2014 at 7:36 am #

    Vital words Bridget. I think your have beautifully crafted into words here what many of us will be thinking when we hear of this latest Fracking news.

    The awkwardness of this, and the sheer sneakiness, is the choice of a close border site almost the furthest away from London. The reaction is probably going to be a considerable cross border reconciliation and unity.

    • bridget June 1, 2014 at 10:47 am #

      Hopefully we can all join together to stop this abomination.

  3. silverbells2012 June 1, 2014 at 8:11 am #

    How terrible – I’m not at all up to speed on what fracking is but I understand it is a major environment concern….

  4. charlieeasterfield June 1, 2014 at 8:53 am #

    We knew that opposing fracking was going to be a long haul, and I remember someone saying that if it gets to the point of civil disobedience, then we’ve lost…but I for one hope we can bring together enough people to stand up to this…in whatever ways we can. It will bring the utter destruction of this beautiful land….
    You write: “Surely it is the job of government to protect the people it is meant to be serving rather than kow towing to the will of corporations.” It seems that most governments have now sold out to faceless mega-corporations worldwide…I was born around the time that the National Health Service was created, and now we’re seeing the slow erosion of all those socialist ideals…it appalls me that so many of the ‘services’ that an elected government is there to provide are being franchised out to private companies, who’s sole purpose is to make profits for shareholders, not to care about the people they ‘serve’. This has proved disastrous in so many areas, asylum seekers and refugees, old people’s homes, parts of the health service and medicine; control over food sources and even the seeds we grow, pension companies go bust and folk lose all that they worked decades for….it’s all disintegrating.
    The Church and State used to control and infantalise the people, sometimes with the veneer of benign intentions. Now religeon has lost it’s place as a cohesive force, and is another form of conflict everywhere, and Capitalism is King. People are being totally ground down by poverty, and we’ve seen how in other countries protesting people are shot, something we never expected in Europe, or are ground down into mute submission by impossible debt. I’ve never had the credit rating to get loans, but now with housing tax, water charges, etc, I’m being forced into debt…and whatever I pay is not going into public services at all.
    With ‘reality’ TV, and constant, horrific world news, we’re getting anaesthetised into accepting totally distorted pictures of what life about….I’m ranting….but it makes me feel old and despairing. Back to the dark ages.
    Hold onto the Light, and grow food.

    • bridget June 1, 2014 at 10:56 am #

      Agree totally with all you say Charlie. Until a few years ago I was still naive enough to believe that our government was there for the good of the people. Maybe then it was but in the last few years greed and self interest seems to have taken over most of the world. Even this morning I read that the Councillors who were ousted in the recent elections are to receive severance payments of up to €64,000 each. shocking! that money would be better spent reinstating the medical cards of terminally ill people and sick children who recently lost them. Did’nt all these people get well paid while in the job.

      • charlieeasterfield June 1, 2014 at 11:41 am #

        I was gobsmacked when I learnt a while back that T.D.s, which the people voted out of office, get a year’s wage as severance…it beggars belief! And it’s the bare-faced blatancy with which the Powers That Be go on lining their own nests whilst decimating what little money carers get, reducing the payments to disabled, pensioners and so on…. really is criminal. How much will it take for people to wake up to what is being done?
        And it’s the ‘engineered’ divisiveness that gets me…I was talking with a nice couple I know, they both have jobs, pay taxes, pay for health insurance that they know might not truly cover them, and they were voicing disagreement with “all” the side benefits that come with a medical card. They represent the ‘squeezed middle’, paying for everything themselves but seeing their standard of living go down…and believing all the tabloid rubbish about how their taxes are going to support feckless layabouts. Life is tough for all but the top 10% or so, but if ye can distract folk into blaming each other you Divide and Rule. T’was ever thus.

      • bridget June 1, 2014 at 1:09 pm #

        and the mass media help them along in their quest to divide and rule.

  5. charlieeasterfield June 1, 2014 at 9:10 am #

    P.S. Love the top photo!

  6. Donna@GardensEyeView June 1, 2014 at 10:05 am #

    I am very sorry to hear this as we fight the same battle here state by state…so far we have stopped it or at least delayed in my state of NY…Teddy Roosevelt was a great man who cherished his country and wanted to preserve it….now we just want to run amok over every inch of the earth and get whatever we can….such selfishness must be stopped. I wish you luck and hope you do stop it. Do not let them tell you it is safe. By no means is this safe for anyone or any creature.

    • bridget June 1, 2014 at 10:57 am #

      Thank you Donna for your words of support. Hopefully the good fight will be won.

  7. cindyricksgers June 1, 2014 at 12:24 pm #

    Very well said, Bridget!

  8. Marla aka Crazy Mom June 1, 2014 at 12:26 pm #

    I love the quote. I also love learning about Ireland through your blog. Keep up the good work!

  9. wspines June 1, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

    I am so sorry Bridget. It seems of late that we have no power over big business and the greed they carry with them. That said we much carry on our fight against the destroyers.

  10. madcrowherbals June 1, 2014 at 1:31 pm #

    So awful! It’s a nightmare everyone it seems and the government seem to be so beholden big business that it is hard to stop.


  11. djallgaier June 1, 2014 at 3:05 pm #

    My heart goes out to you. I know what its like to have fracking in my back yard….We, the people, are fighting it tooth and nail but those who want to money are fighting back. we must vote with our votes and our pocketbooks. There are good resources out there; The Sierra Club, among others. We are fighting it in Michigan/USA as we speak.

    • bridget June 1, 2014 at 4:59 pm #

      It’s shocking what’s being done to our beautiful planet…and all for money to satisfy the greed of some.

  12. greensideupveg June 1, 2014 at 10:08 pm #

    That’s sad to hear 😦

    • bridget June 2, 2014 at 8:00 am #

      Isn’t it just. Despite huge public outcry in England ans Ireland the governments seem to be determined to go ahead with this madness. Each and every person needs to make a stand against this.

  13. pattigail June 2, 2014 at 12:00 am #

    Oh no! Have they learned nothing from the experiences in the US? The greed is endless as is the stupidity. Ireland must be defended!

    • bridget June 2, 2014 at 8:01 am #

      Let’s hope the people rise to the defence of our still lovely country.

  14. Anne Wilson June 2, 2014 at 1:13 am #

    What depressing news, and all for the sake of what? More destruction of the country side, more pollution and a permanent blot on our beautiful landscape. Will Ireland gain from this exploitation? I think not as they have sold out all our mineral rights. As for governments serving the people, we may pay them but what do they give us in return? There might be a handful of politicians who start off with good intentions but they soon find out who their masters are, big business, more often than not foreign big business, it is they who control what happens in a country, politicians are merely agents, they do not represent or listen to the people .

    • bridget June 2, 2014 at 8:03 am #

      Sadly that seems to be the way now. Corporations calling the tune and the politicians dance to it. Hopefully people will protest to such an extent that they will have to listen.

  15. Beth @ PlantPostings June 2, 2014 at 2:01 am #

    This is very sad. As many of the others have mentioned, it’s a similar struggle in our parts of the world, too. I hope that governments will come to their senses and ban the practice. It seems to lead to so many problems–contaminated groundwater and drinking water, and earthquakes in places that rarely have them. It makes me very sad. I’m hoping that those in power will have a change of heart.

  16. puppiesinparadise June 2, 2014 at 8:22 am #

    This is heartbreaking news. I can’t believe that the EU has not banned Fracking. It is the totall poisoning of the water table. The poisonious clouds it produces and the flamable water is terrifying. I don’t believe the governments represent the people longer. Those that have the power, work for big business interest. I hope that the people write petitions, try to write legislation to prevent fracking in´England and the EU. Everyone needs to make their protest heard.

    Hydro- , Solar- and wind- energy is our future. It is cheaper to produce and green. The technology is there. Showing the financial savings might be the arguement that would sway a lot more people. I know that there is alot of great docuementaries out there that might sway a lot of people out there as well. Those films impacted me to be passionate against Fracking. What infuriates me is that Big business uses PR to discredit real research to confuse people. Research about fracking gives conflicting information on it’s harmful effects. Most people don’t realize who finances the research sways the data’s results.We see this technique used time and time again.

    I love the Theodore Rossevelt quote. He started most of the national parks in the United States. He wrote legislation that has until recently kept big business off that land….

    Good luck

    • bridget June 2, 2014 at 11:30 am #

      We’ve been down the petition route and this has been presented to the government. Gaslands has been distributed and shown all over the country. I’m afraid people are swayed by money and the possibility of jobs. The problem with the current plan is that it is lands which belong to the UK government so we have no control there. Of course borders are no barrier to pollution and water contamination. The protests will continue.

      • puppiesinparadise June 5, 2014 at 8:02 am #

        I just saw on RT news that Surrey Englad is battling the fracking laws. They have legislation pending to prevent them from illegally trespassing under private property when fracking. Joining forces is always an asset.

      • bridget June 5, 2014 at 9:15 am #

        Fracking is being threatened in many places all over England. Yesterday the Queen announced new laws that allow fracking companies to drill under people’s properties without their permission.

  17. KerryCan June 2, 2014 at 10:08 am #

    Ugh. This makes me so sad for you and for Ireland.

  18. crabandfish June 2, 2014 at 10:22 am #

    Hi Bridget, That is indeed awful news – should not be allowed anywhere on earth. I agree with you, we must cherish nature’s treasures not plunder them… Unfortunately, I think it’s being done here in Australia too. Thanks for the important post.

    • bridget June 2, 2014 at 11:32 am #

      Fracking seems to be happening all over the planet. So destructive and poisonous to the land and air but that does’nt seem to matter. Only today I read of 4 workers being killed at a fracking site in Romania. Shocking what’s going on.

  19. pianolearner June 4, 2014 at 2:08 pm #

    we are getting it soon to. not good for the local environment, not great for the global environment…..

  20. KL June 4, 2014 at 3:27 pm #

    This is sad, very sad indeed. I grew up reading books describing the beauty of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and English country sites. Now, it seems they might all go away. I need to visit them and enjoy their beauty before everything vanishes. Please fight and preserve them.

    • bridget June 4, 2014 at 10:04 pm #

      The fight will of course go on but I would’nt leave it too long before visiting. We seem to be in the age of exploit, exploit, exploit and damn the consequenses so long as the pockets of the rich are well lined.

  21. thejeminist June 17, 2014 at 11:36 am #

    They want to frack the Karoo and the Kalahari too, places that have massive water shortages and the government want to poison it all for a bit of gas. If recent studies in the US are to be believed it won’t be as much as they think either. It’s terrible to think you can just put a price tag on our planet and some one will sell it. Unfortunately public outcry and petitions only go so far. Money talks, we need to do all we can to find alternative fuel sources.

    • bridget June 17, 2014 at 9:10 pm #

      Shocking behaviour by all of our governments who now seem to be so easily swayed by corporate lobbying. Yes we all have a part to play too by looking into alternative ways of heating our homes. We use mostly wood in our stove.

  22. Mominthegarden June 27, 2014 at 8:42 pm #

    So how do we stop it from happening???

    • bridget June 27, 2014 at 9:24 pm #

      Now that’s a good question. For the last 2 years government has been lobbied, petitions sent etc etc. If it comes to it we will have to be there on the frontline to make our feelings known.

      • puppiesinparadise June 28, 2014 at 10:37 am #

        Protestin on the front line works too. The police have been heavy handed from what I have seen on the news.

    • puppiesinparadise June 28, 2014 at 10:35 am #

      I would try and unite all the groups fighting fracking in all of the United Kingdom to work together to fight this as one organized voice. It could be a coalition of sort.Then I would try to reach other groups through EU. There is power in numbers. If there is an organisation fighting this I would recommend that they appeal this decision at the EU and file a injunction to stop drilling until the matter is taken up in court. I then would get petitions from EU and do a PR campaign to make fracking illegal in EU. I would ask people to boycott the gas companies who are doing this for a week or a month. It is worth a try. Keep up the fight!

      • bridget June 28, 2014 at 7:28 pm #

        Thanks for your works of support Honey.

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