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Issue No. 2 - February 15, 2013

1. Dr. Anthony Ingraffea, Fracking Expert

Here is an in-depth interview
with Dr. Anthony Ingraffea of Cornell University, a world-renowned expert on hydraulic fracturing and its observed effects in the United States.

Dr. Ingraffea was recently interviewed by Carole Coleman for Part 1 of her 2-part series Fracking in the USA on RTE's Drivetime (Feb. 8, 2013).

He was also an important source for this excellent Canadian series of four articles: Fracking Myths and Realities

2. Fracking and Food

Farming - Not Fracking

Fracking Our Food Supply appeared in the December 17, 2012 edition of The Nation, a progressive American weekly magazine. It discusses the risks to agricultural produce from fracking contamination, as well as the reputational risks for farmers in areas where fracking takes place.

For more on fracking and farming in an Irish context, see also the excellent Agri-Food Study from the Impact Research Group.

3. Jessica Ernst Speaking Tour

After her very well-received visit to Ireland in February 2012, Jessica Ernst will return to Ireland in early March for a more extended speaking tour.

Ms. Ernst is a Canadian scientist with 30 years' experience in the oil and gas industry, who has had personal experience of the risks posed by hydraulic fracking.

She is suing the Alberta government, the energy regulator and EnCana for negligence and unlawful activities, alleging that EnCana contaminated a shallow aquifer with natural gas and toxic chemicals.

Jessica's presentation schedule is as follows:
  • Saturday 2nd March, presentation of “Fracking Community” in Leitrim Village Community Center, Leitrim Village, near Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim,  7pm
  • Monday 4th March, presentation of “Fracking Community” in the Old Ground Hotel, Ennis, Co. Clare, at 8pm
  • Wednesday  6th March, Peter Froggatt Center, Queens University, Belfast, 7pm
  • Thursday 7th March- United Reformed Church, St George's Rd. St Anne's, Lancs. , FY8 2AE
  • Friday 8th March, Balcombe Church of England Primary School, London Road, Balcombe, RH17 6HS  8pm to 10pm
  • Sunday 10th March, Our Natural Resources - Not for Sale. Organised by Save Our Seafront and supported by An Taisce and other organisations. Jessica Ernst will speak at this event, time to be confirmed 11.30 to 5.30 in the Gresham Hotel on O'Connell Street
  • Monday 11th March,  NUI Maynouth, 1pm Room to be confirmed
  • Monday evening, 11th March, to be hosted by FOE, time and venue TBC


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