URGENT ACTION – CONTACT YOUR MEP’S BEFORE WED 5 FEB. sample letter included

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Reporter Antoine, Friends of the Earth Europe

Letter to MEPs_shale gas (and also below)
contact ROI MEP’s

emer.costello@europarl.europa.eu; gay.mitchell@europarl.europa.eu; paul.murphy@europarl.europa.eu; liam.aylward@europarl.europa.eu; nessa.childers@europarl.europa.eu; mairead.mcguinness@europarl.europa.eu; brian.crowley@europarl.europa.eu; seankellymep@gmail.com; phil.prendergast@europarl.europa.eu; patthecope.gallagher@europarl.europa.eu; marian.harkin@europarl.europa.eu; jim.higgins@europarl.europa.eu
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While we’re still waiting for some more news about the potential new fracking amendment before the final EIA vote, we received end of last week some interesting news on another file which wasn’t up to now directly related to unconventional fossil fuels.

The European Parliament has been debating over the past few months on an opinion report regarding the “2030 framework for climate and energy policies. The document will give the official position of the EP regarding the objectives we should be targeting for 2030 and the way we should use to reach these objectives. This is a Own-initiative Procedure, just for the two shale gas reports which were voted end of 2012. This means that it is non-binding but that it should seriously taken in consideration by the European Commission for its future legislative developments related to 2030 climate and energy policies.
I won’t bother you with the details, but the heart of the debate has consisted in agreeing on the types of objectives to be reached by 2030 (in particular in terms of carbon emissions, renewables’ development and energy efficiency policies).

The Plenary vote will take place Wednesday this week, however, on Friday last week, a sufficient number of MEPs managed to include one amendment (Amendment n°27) directly related to shale gas:

On the basis of the precautionary principle and taking into account the risks and the negative climate, environmental and health impacts involved in unconventional hydrocarbon exploration and extraction (e.g. of shale gas), and the gaps identified in the EU regulatory regime for such activities which the Commission has yielded to pressure not to regulate on, urges local and regional authorities not to authorise any unconventional hydrocarbon exploration or extraction operations in the EU, and urges Member States to refrain from preventing such decisions”(emphasis added).

This is a really good and completely unexpected addition that we need to support as strongly as we can. However, as the vote is in two days, it means we need to urgently start contacting our MEPs. I know the recent mobilisations at the EU level haven’t been particularly successful, but this is a long fight that requires a sincere stubbornness, especially after the disappointing results of the European Commission.

You will find below  a draft that you can use to contact your MEPs
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Dear MEPs,

On Wednesday 5 February, you will vote on the Delvaux/Szymanski report on the 2030 climate and energy package.  In this context, we ask you to support

  • amendment 27 which urges local and regional authorities not to authorise fracking
  • three binding targets on energy efficiency, renewables and greenhouse gas emissions (paragraph 4 of the original Delvaux/Szymanski report)

And we ask you to reject: Amendments 6 and 14

 

Amendment 27 reads:

“On the basis of the precautionary principle and taking into account the risks and the negative climate, environmental and health impacts involved in unconventional hydrocarbon exploration and extraction (e.g. of shale gas), and the gaps identified in the EU regulatory regime for such activities which the Commission has yielded to pressure not to regulate on, urges local and regional authorities not to authorise any unconventional hydrocarbon exploration or extraction operations in the EU, and urges Member States to refrain from preventing such decisions(emphasis added)

Going hand in hand with our opposition to shale gas and other fossil fuel extraction is a desire to see Europe to make significant energy savings, and for there to be a greater percentage of renewables in Europe’s energy supply.  This is why we, as citizens, ask you to support three binding targets on energy efficiency, renewables and greenhouse gas emissions (paragraph 4 of the original Delvaux/Szymanski report) and ask you to reject amendments 6 and 14 which represent a backtrack of our current energy policy.

Europe deserves a clean and green future, not the damaging and polluting fuels of the past.

Best regards,