REPORT “Fracking Frenzy”. Friends of the Earth and Press release

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World-mapThe new Friends of the Earth Europe report on fracking is called “Fracking Frenzy”.
The report presents how the fracking industry is now developing worldwide, on every continent, through the example of eleven key countries (Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, South Africa, India, Indonesia, China and Russia). Unfortunately, these developments are occurring in even more fragile ecosystems than the ones where first fracking developments have been made so far: in extremely water-scarce countries, in earthquake-prone areas, in regions where transboundary aquifers are the main source of drinking water…etc
If these developments are still in their infancy, we can already see numerous attempts by industries and pro-fracking governments to put in place industry-friendly legal framework, put in place to the detriment of environmental and peoples’ protection.
The report also presents some findings on how a worldwide development of the fracking industry could have dramatic impacts on climate change, with a particularly high costs paid by countries in the South.

The report was made thanks to the great work of Andy “SuperStar”  who did all the research 🙂
This is the link to the report:
Attached is a jpeg version of the world map that was notably designed for the report.
Our press release can be found below.

Do hesitate to read it (of course) and help us circulate it as widely as possible.
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Press release

For immediate release: Monday, December 1, 2014




New report: ‘Fracking Frenzy, How the fracking industry is threatening the planet’ available at:


Brussels, December 1 – As world climate talks open in Peru today (Monday December 1), new research shows how fracking is likely to further accelerate climate change, destroy water sources and infringe on communities’ rights worldwide unless urgent action is taken to stop the ‘dash-for-gas’.

The report [1], from Friends of the Earth Europe, maps the expansion of the shale gas industry outside Europe and North America with examples of 11 key countries on three continents. It finds that multinational oil and gas companies such as Total, Shell and Chevron are moving into increasingly vulnerable countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia where the ecosystems, communities and authorities are even less unable to cope with the impacts of extraction.

Countries such as Mexico, China, Argentina and South Africa, are in earthquake-prone or water-scarce regions and are most exposed to the impacts of climate change. The pursuit of fracking in these countries is likely to exacerbate the climate, environment, social and human rights problems they already face.

Friends of the Earth Europe is calling on the EU and other developed country governments meeting in Lima to make meaningful commitments to speed up the transition away from dirty energy sources.

From Brazil and Mexico to Algeria and South Africa, this thirsty industry is exploiting weak regulation and causing untold environmental and social damage in the pursuit of profit. The fracking industry needs to be urgently reigned in before it’s too late for our planet and people across the globe,” said Antoine Simon, shale gas campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe.

The report details how fracking is a global climate threat. Leakage of methane – a greenhouse gas 86 times more powerful than carbon dioxide – into the atmosphere, even at fracking sites that use the “best available technology”, will cause harmful climate emissions and contribute to a 3.5°C global temperature rise if fracking is developed worldwide. Case studies from the US indicate that due to methane leakage, there is a big risk that shale gas is far worse than conventional gas and almost comparable to coal, so it can’t be a “transition fuel”.

The difficulties of ensuring effective regulation and monitoring of fracking are already well-known in the US. European countries are experiencing firsthand the need for caution, but the report shows the threats posed by fracking are even bigger in countries with fewer environmental and human rights safeguards or less capacity to enforce them.

Susann Scherbarth, climate justice and energy campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe, said: “Around the world people and communities are already paying the price of the climate crisis with their livelihoods and lives. Fracking will only make things worse and has no place in a clean energy future. Europe and other industrialised countries most responsible for the climate crisis need to use the talks in Lima to make genuine commitments to end their reliance on corporate-controlled fossil fuels and embrace clean, citizen energy.”

195 nations are gathering for the latest round of United Nations climate talks which start in Lima, Peru today and are a crucial step towards agreeing an adequate, fair global agreement to curb emissions beyond 2020 in Paris next year. [2]

European governments are going to Lima claiming to have committed to ‘ambitious’ climate action but the targets they agreed for 2030 are far below what science says is necessary and below Europe’s fair share of climate action.

Friends of the Earth Europe believes that industrialised countries must urgently commit to much deeper emissions reductions at home, and to give additional financial, technology and other support to poorer countries on the front line of climate change.

Jagoda Munic, chairperson of Friends of the Earth International, said: “The reality is that all major climate polluters are still doing way too little to address the climate crisis. Our governments are mostly focusing on false solutions and dirty energy, like fracking. Real solutions exist and include steep reductions in carbon emissions, stopping fossil fuels and deforestation, and building sustainable, community-based energy systems.


For more information please contact:

Antoine Simon, shale gas campaigner for Friends of the Earth Europe, (EN/FR), Tel: +32 (0) 2 893 10 18, Mob: +32 (0) 486 685 664, email:

Susann Scherbarth, climate justice and energy campaigner for Friends of the Earth Europe, who is at the UN climate talks in Lima, Peru from 1-13 December. She will have a local mobile number on arrival. (EN/DE), Mob: +32 486 341837,

Paul Hallows, communications officer, Friends of the Earth Europe, (EN), Tel: +32 (0) 2893 1033,


Young Friends of the Earth Europe is hosting ‘Lima in Brussels’ from 6th to 13th December – a youth convergence for 60 young people from 18 countries. The participants will follow the negotiations as they unfold in Lima, share skills, take action and plan for the 2015 climate talks in Paris.

For more information about ‘Lima in Brussels’ please contact: Paul Hallows, communications officer, Friends of the Earth Europe, (EN), Tel: +32 (0) 2893 1033,


[1] New report: ‘Fracking Frenzy, How the fracking industry is threatening the planet’ available at:

[2] UN climate conference in Lima: media background note –—Media-Background-Note.html?soid=1102862873361&aid=rHsVGeWE7pM
Briefing: What kind of climate deal in Lima? –

Antoine Simon
Economic Justice Programme
Extractive Industries Campaigner

Friends of the Earth Europe
TEL: +32 2 893 1018
Mobile: +32 486 685 664
FAX: +32 2 893 1035
Skype: antoine.foee