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Frack-Off UK campaigners at public meetings in NI

Public Meetings across Northern Ireland 7-11 July 2014
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Seize the Day! 
Experienced campaigners from Frack Off UK  to deliver
public meetings across Northern Ireland 
7-11 July 2014
We are delighted to be able to tell you that Frack Off UK hosted by Local groups will deliver a series of public meetings across Northern Ireland from 7th-11th July. Frack Off, as you may know, is a grassroots campaigning group aimed at raising awareness and stopping the extraction of unconventional resources in the UK, specifically concentrating on unconventional gas extraction. See https://m.facebook.com/frackoffuk and http://frack-off.org.uk

Monday 7th July @ 7pm  Greenisland Football Club 100 Glenkeen ave, Carrickfergus
https://www.facebook.com/events/734284973261540/

Tuesday 8th July @ 7pm  Railway Hotel, 32-34 Forthill Street, BT74 6AJ Enniskillen
https://www.facebook.com/events/1473481172892129/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming 

Wednesday 9th July @ 7pm  Stranocum Village Hall, North Antrim 
https://www.facebook.com/events/791327010900240/

Thursday 10th July @ 7.30pm  Black Box, 18-22 Hill St, Belfast, 
followed by After Party/Fundraiser by Artists Against Fracking Northern Ireland for No Fracking Northern Ireland 

https://www.facebook.com/events/321645257993579/

Did you know that we get almost 50% of our drinking water from Lough Neagh but that when a pending 5th Petroleum License is granted (could be any day), Lough Neagh will be completely surrounded by Petroleum Licenses? Given that nearly 43% of Northern Ireland drains into the Lough and sewage pollution of the Lough is already a very serious concern, the granting of the 5th license feels like another nail in the coffin of safe drinking water for Northern Ireland.

With each passing day, we come one step closer to drilling and not one county in Northern Ireland is off the hook. At present Fermanagh, Antrim and Londonderry/Derry are on the frontline just waiting for the sound of the drill. We need to embrace this opportunity to learn from experienced campaigners so that we will be in a better position to help ourselves in the fight against fracking. 

Please come along and share the dates with your friends.

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Just to refresh your memory or for those of you coming to this for the first time here is a summary the current license situation and a brief explanation of fracking.

 

Northern Ireland Petroleum Licences awarded by DETI (2011)

 

1.       PL2/10 Tamboran Resources Pty Ltd (Lough Allen Basin North); Fermanagh.

Fracking is explicity mentioned in this license.

2.       PL3/10 Rathlin Energy Ltd (Rathlin Basin);  Antrim including Giant’s Causeway.

3.       PL5/10 Provident Resources plc (Rathlin Island); Antrim.

4.       PL1/10 Infrastrata plc Cairn Energy, Brigantes and Terrain Energy Ltd (Central Larne, Lough Neagh Basin); Antrim & Londonderry/Derry.

 

DETI advised of their “intention to grant” a 5th Petroleum License PL1/13 to CHx LLC in 2013. It covers parts of Antrim, Down, Tyrone, Londonderry/Derry and Armagh.

 

Details (excepting Pl1/13) at DETI website: http://www.detini.gov.uk/deti-energy-index/minerals-and-petroleum/p...

 

What is fracking?

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a technique designed to recover gas and oil from shale rock. The gas/oil recovered by this method is described as unconventional.  It involves injecting large volumes of fluid down a well under massive pressure, in order to force open cracks in the targeted rock. The type of hydraulic fracturing Tamboran etc will use is called HVHF (High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing) and has evolved from a relatively benign process (1947) to an intensely industrial and invasive process today. Four separate technologies are involved: 1. directional drilling which allows drilling in any direction 2. high frac fluid volumes 3. Slickwater 4. Multi-well pads

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