Jun 28, 2017
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Ireland is poised to ban onshore fracking after its Senate on Wednesday passed a bill outlawing the oil and gas extraction method.
\u201cVictory for people power today as bill passes through the irish Seanad. Now just needs our presidents signature. #irelandbansfracking\u201d— Love Leitrim (@Love Leitrim) 1498665283
It now awaits the president's signature to become law, as it already passed the lower house of parliament in May. The Irish Independentwrites: "President Michael D Higgins is expected to sign it into law in the coming days with a date to be confirmed for the commencement of the ban."
The bill was brought forth by Sligo-Leitrim Dail member Tony McLoughlin, who called its passage one of the "proudest moments" of his political career.
\u201cIts done! Weve made history & become the 3rd state in the EU to ban #Fracking. One of proudest moments in my political career. Thanks to all\u201d— Tony McLoughlin (@Tony McLoughlin) 1498663502
In a statement, McLoughlin alluded to impacts cities in the U.S. have felt as a result of fracking.
"This law will mean communities in the West and North West of Ireland will be safeguarded from the negative effects of hydraulic fracking. Counties such as Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon, Donegal, Cavan, Monaghan and Clare will no longer face negative effects like those seen in cities and towns in the United States, where many areas have now decided to implement similar bans to the one before us."
"If fracking was allowed to take place in Ireland and Northern Ireland, it would pose significant threats to the air, water, and the health and safety of individuals and communities here," he said.
"Fracking must be seen as a serious public health and environmental concern for Ireland," he added.
"Here's to a #FossilFree future," the group wrote.
\u201cA day to celebrate. A day for #ClimatePride. The Irish parliament has passed a law to #BanFracking. Here's to a #FossilFree future.\u201d— Friends of the Earth (@Friends of the Earth) 1498666191
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