Canadian scientist Jessica Ernst arrived in Ireland on March lst to embark on a hectic two week tour of Ireland, Northern Ireland and England, presenting her disturbing story to the communities who are living in areas licensed or with options licenses acquired for the onshore extraction of shale gas.
Jessica Ernst presented to packed venues in the Leitrim, Sligo and Fermanagh in February 2012, and her well timed return to Leitrim co-incides with Tamboran resources and Enegi Oil both applying for Exploration licenses in Leitrim and Clare, and the deadline for submissions on the Terms of Reference for the Environmental Protection Agency’s research of March 8th looming.
Jessica presented “Fracking Community – Actions and Omissions speak louder than words” on March 2nd to a packed to capacity St. Josephs Community Centre in Leitrim Village. Her presentation included her current legal battle against the oil and gas giant, Encana, and the Canadian government.
“Once fracking starts – it is so very much harder to stand for your rights,” explained Jessica Ernst on March 2nd. “Both industry and government have repeatedly tried to bog down the lawsuit with a variety of tactics including the withholding of freedom of information requests as well as an order to draft and submit a shorter statement of claim. The Harper government’s appointment (of the Judge on Jessica Ernst’s case) now means another judge will have to be appointed to hear the case, (which has attracted global attention and positive support from the United States, Australia, Britain, Poland and Ireland.)
Jessica further explains that this tactic by the government is another attempt to delay and exhaust. “ The judges’ abrupt departure from the case could mean considerable added delay as well as additional costs of tens of thousands of dollars for landowner and scientist Jessica Ernst. The oil patch consultant has been waging her battle since 2005.
Jessica explained to a very attentive audience, who later gave her a five minute standing ovation, that the “customs officer at the airport in Dublin was quite positive about me speaking here about fracking. He asked how long I was to be here, and if I was on holiday.
“oh, that fracking is quite controversial, are you for or against?” I told him I live it.
He was shocked but smiled, I was so excited about having safe unfracked Irish water to bathe in because mine is shot. Today, I sip my coffee, gaze out over unfracked sheep and fields of vivid green, in gratitude.’
Jessica Ernst Schedule
- March 4th, – Old Ground Hotel , Ennis, Co. Clare, 8pm
- March 6th – Queens University Belfast, Peter Froggatt Center 7pm
- March 7th – United Reformed Church, St. Georges Road, St. Annes, Lancs 7pm
- March 8th,Balcombe Church of England Primary School, London Road, Balcombe, RH17 6HS 8:00pm until 10:00pm
- March 10th, Gresham Hotel, O’Connell Street Dublin, 11-4pm, hosted by Richard Boyd Barrett TD & Chair of Save our Seafront with speakers from Norway, An Taisce, SIPTU, The Woodlands League and more
- March llth – NUI Maynouth, 1pm, (Hall E, NUIM Campus, bring lunch)
- Monday 11th March, 7 – 9 pm Smock Alley Theatre, Exchange Street Lower, Temple Bar, Dublin 8, Ireland
For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
- Meg Rybicki – McAuley Tel: 086 3840254. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Irish presentations
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- Lancashire presentation, (contact Tina Rothery 07548 086703 Residents’ Action on Fylde Fracking (RAFF – www.stopfyldefracking.org.uk)
- Vanessa Vine, Balcombe, Sussex presentation , firstname.lastname@example.org (00441342810238)