Press Release

April 9, 2014

« Frack Free Europe » Campaign

 The Euro-Maghreb network opposed to extreme hydrocarbons and extractivism is going to partake in the debate in the lead-up to the European parliamentary elections with a “Frack Free Europe” campaign.

In the past five years the European Parliament has been largely debating the topic of shale gas. Of late the Parliament proposed that the directive on mandatory assessment of the environmental impact be extended to exploration and production of this unconventional fossil fuel. However the European Council rejected the resolution.

Today the shale gas issue is part and parcel of the public debate all over Europe. In the United Kingdom and in Romania manifestations of citizens opposed to this noxious activity are, sometimes violently, repressed. Projects for the extraction of coal bed methane are being developed in Belgium, Scotland and France. In this last country, the ban on hydraulic fracking might be loopholed by means of exploration licenses for scientific research, thus allowing other fracking techniques. On all political levels (European institutions, governments and parliaments of member states, local authorities) lobbying by investors and the oil and gas industry has never been more intense, in order to abrogate any impediments to their activities. European and national legislation are under pressure, and even more so the free trade agreements that are in the making between the European Union and the United States on the one hand and between the European Union and Canada on the other.

The future European Parliament needs MEPs who will fight for the public interest independently of any corporate interests. MEPs who will stand up for the public and for democracy against excessive influence of lobbies in support of banks and big business. MEPs who will support a moratorium on fracking and who will oppose attempts by oil and gas companies to jeopardize or question our environmental legislation.

We call on all the candidates for the European Parliament, who are convinced that the production of extreme hydrocarbons will only aggravate climate change:

- to publicly express their opposition to unconventional fossil fuels extraction and hydraulic fracking,

- to engage Europe in a real energy transition towards clean and renewable energies,

- to reject the free trade agreements currently negotiated and any clauses giving superior rights to investors,

- to wear the “Frack Free Europe” badge all during the electoral campaign.



FFERead also: Why a Frack Free Europe Campaign during the next EU elections
Also:  a toolkit to run the campaign with:
FFE-Letter-candidate-en to send to our MEP’s
- FFE-commitment-declaration-en to be signed by the MEP
- posters etc. Continue reading

Urgent Northern Ireland Fracking Action Update – before 10th April

Urgent Northern Ireland Fracking Action Update

Please Take Action Before Tomorrow Thurs. 10th April.

Last week it emerged that Tamboran Resources had failed to meet its commitment to drill a borehole by March 31, 2014 and that Arlene Foster, Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment has given a six month extension to that license.

Green MLA Steven Agnew today called on all parties to sign a petition to refer this decision. 30 signatures in support of this from our MLAs would require that the decision be referred to the Northern Ireland Executive.

We only have one day to really engage with our politicians the vote is on Thursday 10th April, 2014. Continue reading

Object to drilling at Ballinlea – before 14th April

Object again to drilling at Ballinlea!

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Rathlin Energy Ltd have finally submitted much more detailed information to the Planning Service (upon request) about what they intend to do at the proposed Ballinlea drilling site. It includes more detail about the processes including the Conventional Hydraulic Fracturing, Mini Fall-off test and Acid Squeeze test, and more information about the expected levels and directions of toxic emissions from the flaring of gas, which is particularly concerning to people living within half a mile.

There are 43 households within half a mile, and 140 within 2kms. Obviously if this industry was to progress, and high numbers of wells were to be developed, the effect would be cumulative and impact on a very high number of households, across a wide area.

Read here for how to see the information they have submitted, and how to object to the planning application.
And find below a sample letter as well Continue reading

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                                            Frogs, Farmers or Frackers?  
frogfarmingorfrackersWelcome to all who wish to make up their mind on unconventional shale gas extraction, a method known as hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’.

Fracking Free Ireland is a comprehensive non-blog information and service site.

It 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.
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