Resolution of Euro-Maghreb frack-free network

Resolution of Euro-Maghreb frack-free network

Бер 14, 2014

Euro-Maghreb frack-free network Calling for a ban on all unconventional hydrocarbons and extractivism United to denounce, in Europe and the Maghreb, the development of extreme fossil energy, dangerous for climate, environment and public health, and anti-democratic We, representatives of grassroots groups and associations from 211 European and North African countries, nations and communities, met in Saint-Christol-lez- Alès (Gard, SE France) from March 7th to 9th 2014. All of us are involved in the fight against the development of unconventional hydrocarbons2 in our own countries and communities, as well as opposing other resource extraction activities. We are all facing the same issues, and we believe it is essential to strengthen the links between our struggles. The Korbach3 Declaration formulates the key demands which unite us. Participants gave an alarming presentation of the situation in their respective countries. In that respect, we condemn in particular: Damage to the environment, public health and water resources; Disregard for environmental regulations on a national, European and North African level; Commodification and financialisation of territories; Violent police intervention, repeated violations of human rights and non-respect of the rights of local communities to decide their future, particularly in Poland, Romania, the UK, Ukraine, Tunisia and Morocco. The use of police forces by States to defend private interests. In addition, we call on international organisations and bodies to put an end to these violations immediately, and we demand that they force industrial players to restore environmentally degraded areas. The free trade treaties, in place or under negotiation (the bilateral EU/USA (TAFTA), EU/Canada (CETA), EU/Maghreb treaties, etc.), risk outweighing the decision making power of States in favour of multinational corporations. By prioritising private interests through the investor-state dispute settlement mechanism (ISDS), they will defy the foundations of democracy, the precautionary principle, all environmental legislation and the independence of the judiciary. As we stated last January in an open letter4addressed to the European Commission and signed by over 400 European groups, the progress achieved thanks to our mobilisation could be altogether undermined. That is why we have decided on joint action aimed at mobilising the general public and at forcing European authorities to defend and strengthen the rights of populations and environmental legislation. This...

Is the Oil and Gas Industry Using the Crisis in Ukraine to Increase Profits?

Is the Oil and Gas Industry Using the Crisis in Ukraine to Increase Profits?

Бер 12, 2014

New York Times has a front-page story reporting on a major push in the Obama administration and by Speaker Boehner to increase exports of fracked gas in response to the crisis in the Ukraine. While events there are certainly disturbing, they should not be used as an excuse for ramping up dirty gas exports that will harm communities air, water and health in the United States. According to the Times, a major push to export dirty fracked gas is underway, led by “major oil and gas producers like ExxonMobil and Republican leaders on Capitol Hill.” Just last Tuesday, Speaker John Boehner called on President Obama to “dramatically expedite the approval of U.S. exports of natural gas.” Yet according to the Times, the administration is already moving to advance a “State Department initiative to export American natural gas to Europe as a lever against Russia.” One of the craziest things about this, is that the U.S. currently does not have the capacity to export large amounts of natural gas overseas, and so the claim that building out infrastructure to export fracked gas would help with the current crisis in Ukraine is just disingenuous. Long term, we need to invest in sustainable renewable energy, at home and abroad. ExxonMobil should not be controlling our foreign policy, and we should not be sacrificing communities across the United States for illusory and short-term foreign policy objectives. As a movement, we have made tremendous progress, but if the oil and gas industry get their way, ramped-up exports would drive even more fracking. Ironically, as fracking accounts for a large amount of climate pollution, increasing exports and accelerating fracking will actually lead to more long-term instability and global security issues.   Food & Water...

Unfracked: Watch the recorded livestream

Unfracked: Watch the recorded livestream

Вер 9, 2013

Watch the recorded Livestream of the conference here On the eve of the conference, we will also hosted a special screening of GASLAND: PART II with Director Josh Fox Wednesday 4th September 2013 18:00-21:00 Room A1G3, European Parliament, Brussels NOTE: This public conference by the Greens/EFA group was fully interpreted by International Sign (IS) interpreters as well as Live Speech to Text in the room on the livestream There are several myths circulating about the extraction of shale gas, coal bed methane and other unconventional fossils, through different methods, notably hydraulic fracturing. These include: – that the extraction of such fuels will bring prosperity to Europe – that we can replicate the economic boom of the US, without repeating their environmental mistakes – that shale gas and other UFFs are necessary transition fuels – that they are good for the climate – that we do not need any extra legislation in Europe to regulate these technologies – that the risks to public health are minimal. These are just some of the many myths which will be discussed and debunked during the Greens/EFA Group’s morning conference on unconventional fossil fuel extraction, alongside in-depth discussion of the legislative framework, and examples of “fracking-free” campaigns in Europe and the US. Speakers include researchers, academics, campaigners, economists, activists, NGOs, engineers and other stakeholders in this debate. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and debate from the floor. CONFERENCE PROGRAMME Transcript: Speech to Text interpretation (odt) Presentation by Geert Ritsema (ppt) Presentation by John Armstrong (pptx) Presentation by Gabrielle Petron (pptx) Presentation by Mike Hill (ppt) Visit the Stop Climate Change campaign site for “Why Ban Fracking and Shale Gas?” & “A Fracktivist’s introduction to EU legislation” leaflets in multiple languages 9:15-11:00 Part 1: Fracking-free zones and the legislative framework  Welcome and introduction by José Bové MEP Presentation and Q&A of case study of fracking-free zones in Netherlands Geert Ritsema, Campaign coordinator Friends of the Earth, Netherlands Presentation from US Frack Action campaign John Armstrong Presentations from the floor Presentation on European legislative framework Helène Bras, lawyer, France Questions & Answers / open debate   11:00-12:45 Part 2: Top myths about shale gas explained Introduction and moderation by Carl Schlyter MEP Shale gas extraction is good for the climate Gabrielle...

Shell: Global Mega-Frackers

Shell: Global Mega-Frackers

Чер 25, 2013

This briefing compiles numerous examples of Shell fracking around the world, but does not claim to be an exhaustive list. By timing the release with Yoko Ono’s involvement in the Meltdown Festival at the Shell-sponsored Southbank Centre, we hope to: Increase awareness of the enormous role that Shell is playing in expanding fracking operations all over the world. Create political space amidst the cultural showcase of the Meltdown Festival to understand the role that sponsorship plays in creating social legitimacy and cover for Shell’s dangerous operations. Promote the creative, community resistance to fracking that is taking place all over the world, which is especially instructive in the context of the industry being poised to start fracking in numerous sites across the UK. Download the briefing here. ********* The era of relatively ‘easy to reach’ oil is over. All fossil fuel extraction involves drilling and localised pollution, so none of it was ever ‘easy’ to reach. But global extraction levels for the oil that is comparatively straight forward to pump out of seems to have peaked. Instead, the fossil fuel industry is increasingly focusing on harder to extract resources. Enter ‘unconventionals’ – dirtier fossil fuels which are more complicated to extract and refine, like tar sands, oil shale and shale gas, or those that are located in hazardous and challenging regions like the Arctic, or deepwater drilling. It is not surprising then, that an established oil and gas major like Shell is investing  heavily in global fracking and other unconventionals.  Shell is actively fracking or preparing to frack in every continent in the world, with CEO  appearing on TV programmes to argue “why fracking is environmentally sound,” and accusing Europe of being “too emotional” on the issue. Shell don’t only rely on their CEO in their PR efforts. It is also engaged in a multi-pronged sponsorship programme designed to help bolster its ‘social licence to operate’ –  the company’s ability to keep drilling despite causing numerous environmental and human rights abuses. The construction of this ‘social licence to operate’ in effect provides cover for the company’s dirty and dangerous activities. This briefing is also timed to coincide with the international Meltdown Festival taking place in June 2013...