- Public Meetings and Community Groups: Carrick-on-Shannon, Templemore, Glenfarne, Ballyshannon, Ballycastle (Antrim), NUI Galway, Belcoo, Cashel, Derrygonnelly, Derrylyn, Garrison, Rossinver, Ballinamore, Glenfarne, Ballinaglera, Drumkeerin, Drumshanbo.
- Other organisations: Religious congregations (Mercy International), Deanery of Kilmore, Rural Community Network, Rural Enabler Advisory Group, Blacklion IFA, Northwest Engineers Association, Young Friends of the Earth, Artist’s Collective exhibition.
From 2011, GEAI members went from community to community throughout the northwest and Fermanagh, but also Clare and Galway, making presentations to groups everywhere. Interest in the topic increased and more and more communities were concerned that decisions could be taken by local authorities that would result in an industry taking over this highly rural area and impacting negatively on its population.
LINK TO PRESENTATION [LAMP]
As well as community groups, there was a focus on Local Authorities. From the start of the company, GEAI made contact with politicians from every party and encouraged them to become informed as to the dangers of fracking. In every council, members put down notices of motion asking for presentations to be made to the council members and officials. These were agreed in the main and so GEAI found itself making presentations to
- Leitrim County Council
- Sligo County Council
- Bundoran Town Council
- Donegal County Cuncil
- Clare County Council
- Cavan County Council
- Fermanagh District Council
In every case, the presentation was followed by calls to ban fracking. Inevitably, the officials gave the advice that such bans exceeded the powers of the council but in many cases, motions to impose bans on fracking were agreed. These were more symbolic than real but they did send a message to national government and to local representatives.
- Delegation to Minister Pat Rabbitte
- Submission to Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Communications and Energy
- Delegation to Northern Ireland Minister for Environment Alex Attwood
- Presentation to Fine Gael Constituency Group
- Parliamentary questions given to Dáil deputies
- Presentations held in the following schools: Sligo Grammer School, Lough Allen College (Drumkeerin), St Clare’s Comprehensive (Manorhamilton).
- A video, “Talk about Fracking”, was directed by Brigitta Varadi (GEAI), through Engage Artist Collective and produced using the original drawings and voices of Abbi and Leah Sweeney, young Leitrim people who wanted to get their message out. This video has been viewed globally and is used in schools when teachers want to introduce the subject of fracking.
Social Media, Radio and TV
- Website developed and constantly maintained. Blog, Facebook and Twitter functions.
- Archive of independent peer-reviewed articles written on the impacts of fracking
- Television interviews and debates on RTE1, TV3, BBC1, BBC2, UTV, TG4
- Radio interviews on RTE1 (Pat Kenny Show), Newstalk (Mark Coleman), Radio Ulster, BBC Radio Ulster, Shannonside, Ocean FM, Radio na Gaeltachta
- Press releases published in Irish Independent, Irish Examiner, Leitrim Observer, Anglo Celt, Donegal Post, Sligo Examiner
The Celebrity Factor
From the start of the campaign, there was recognition that bringing in people who were well known or experienced in campaigning against fracking would greatly raise awareness among the general public of the campaign.
Our first “celebrity” was JESSICA ERNST, who first visited us in 2012 and returned in 2013. Jessica is a Canadian who has been impacted severely by fracking and has brought a court case again Encana, a big oil and gas company who fracked the land beside her and destroyed the local drinking water. Jessica made very powerful presentations while telling her story.
Another celebrity was DR EILISH CLEARY Chief Medical Officer of Health in New Brunswick, Canada who wrote a report on fracking and was subsequently sacked from her position.
Our third celebrity was Debbie Rogers from Texas, who made a presentation at our conference in 2013.
Meetings and Events
Artists Campaigning Against Fracking
GEAI includes Engage Artist Collective members. The aim of this collective is to develop mixed media exhibitions to publicize the impacts of fracking.
Explore the Talk about Fracking project.
The ALâ Community Theatre came from Galway to Cashel, in Fermanagh to present a “Forum Theatre” drama on the subject of Fracking.