Collaboration with other organisations
During the campaign against fracking, GEAI developed strong collaboration with with the organisations both nationally and internationally.
Fracking Free Ireland provides information on local, national and international hydraulic fracturing related issues ranging from political issues, academic reports and research, media and press articles to local news and newsletters. The newsletters provide an extensive round-up of the latest news. They also provide a service for those who are opposed to hydraulic fracturing by supplying downloadable posters, flyers and presentations, sample letters and links to petitions for signing.
Love Leitrim was a partner of GEAI from the start of the campaign. Based in Manorhamilton, it was founded as an open voluntary organisation focused on awareness raising and organisation of local events as well as demonstrations nationally. We cooperated widely during the campaign and supported each other in campaign activities and policies.
“Clare Fracking Concerned was set up in late 2011 by concerned residents on foot of news that Enegi Oil had secured a licensing option to explore exploiting the Clare Shales for Natural Gas using hydraulic fracturing. We have been raising awareness within the potentially affected communities of the immaturity of the fracking technology and have succeeded in gaining great grassroots support for our campaign.
The Fermanagh Fracking Awareness Network welcomes all – farmers, fishermen, business people, homemakers, doctors, teachers, students and many more – to share ideas, experiences and visions for a clean, healthy, just and prosperous future across the island of Ireland. Enjoy our beautiful county!
No To Fracking is an open group of local people from the North Coast of Northern Ireland – across the counties of Antrim and Derry/Londonderry, from Ballycastle to Limavady – who are concerned that hydraulic fracturing will be used here to extract shale gas.
We believe that if local people only knew about the very real threat of fracking to our health, the local landscape, air and water, and our tourism and agricultural industries, they would unite to oppose it. The very successful No To Lignite campaign a few years ago showed that it can be done!
Belfast Not For $hale is a Belfast based group of concerned members of the public who have come together to highlight the threat of Fracking in Ireland focusing mainly in the Northern and border counties but has a focus in bringing the issue of Fracking to the fore in an all Ireland context.
Using art for social change Engage Artist Collective currently running a campaign, to raise awareness of the issue and dangers of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for gas in Ireland.
The Impact Research Group is not a campaigning group. Our aim is to help inform the debate concerning Shale Gas for Ireland, and to widen the economic context in which the debate is taking place. We set ourselves the task of examining the particular economic and employment conditions in Ireland, and what impact the proposed shale gas hydraulic fracturing might have.
No Fracking UK
Despite the power of the oil and gas industry, No Fracking UK, together with many other UK anti-fracking organisations, won a huge victory against the industry in November 2019.
“The government has halted fracking in England with immediate effect in a watershed moment for environmentalists and community activists. . Ministers also warned shale gas companies it would not support future fracking projects, in a crushing blow to companies that had been hoping to capitalise on one of the new frontiers of growth in the fossil fuel industry.” “The decision draws a line under years of bitter opposition to the controversial extraction process in a major victory for green groups and local communities.” (The Guardian, November 2019)
The campaigns in Ireland and UK supported each other and our success in Ireland was very important to the British organising, encouraging them to keep going with their campaign.
“If the UK Government are going to allow the Hydraulic Fracturing (fracking) of shale rock to extract gas, then they need to go into it with their eyes open knowing all the risks. We are calling for our government to impose a moratorium on gas drilling while essential environmental and economical impact studies are undertaken.
GEAI and America
From the start of the campaign, there were strong links between the Irish and American campaigning organisations. Various prominent speakers and activists from the US and Canada, came to Ireland to support the campaign and members of GEAI and Love Leitrim visited the US to see the impacts of fracking for themselves. Chief among them were Jessica Ernst (from Alberta, Canada) and Julia Walsh and John Armstrong ( Water Defence and Frack Action, USA).
Water Defense USA
“America has a choice between dirty fossil fuels that poison water and clean energy that rebuilds our economy. Water Defense’s mission is to make sure that America makes the right choice. Co-founded by actor Mark Ruffalo, Water Defense works to create a world where water is safe to drink, a world where the oceans don’t rise and the economy is powered by clean, sustainable sources of energy like wind, water and solar.”
Frack Action USA
“Frack Action is engaged in a long-term campaign to protect our water, air and public health from the dangerous practice of hydraulic fracturing. By raising awareness and empowering the public to organize in defense of their communities, we seek to expose the false claims of the gas industry and mobilize a citizen movement to protect our health and our future.”
Website of the GASLAND movie, Oscar nominated documentary created by Josh Fox.
“The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of “fracking” or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a “Saudia Arabia of natural gas” just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination.”
Treasure Karoo Action Group (TKAG) South Africa
GEAI also had links with theTreasure Karoo Action Group. The spokesperson from this group accompanied our CEO, Aedín, during her tour of the areas impacted by fracking and supported our campaign thereafter.
“Treasure Karoo Action Group (TKAG) is here for YOU. We oppose the introduction and licensing of FRACKING in South Africa in the absence of conclusive proof that FRACKING is the only and the best answer to our energy and employment needs in SA.”