Globalfrackdown 2017 (And Beyond)

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 October 20th, 2017

Globalfrackdown 2017 (And Beyond)
https://www.foodandwatereurope.org/blogs/globalfrackdown-2017-and-beyond/

By Andy Gheorghiu

Since 2012, the Global Frackdown – an international day of action initiated by Food & Water Watch to ban fracking – has helped connect activists across the globe and demonstrated the growing power of the movement to stop fracking, gas infrastructure, sand mining and other related extraction methods. This movement is fueled by increasing scientific evidence of the impact of fracking on water, air, health, seismic stability, communities, and the climate on which we all depend.


This year groups from around the globe – moved by our joint spirit of “Not here or anywhere!” – rallied again in solidarity for a Global Frackdown.

People all over the world showed their commitment to a common future that is free of fossil fuels, including the very personal story of Canadian Jessica Ernst on how she took legal action against the oil and gas company Encana and the Alberta government; the joint letter of environmental groups targeting Members of the EU-Commission and Member States representatives against the prioritization of fossil gas infrastructure projects through a “List of Projects of Common Interest”; the trans-atlantic livestreamed discussion about the fracked gas transfers from Pennsylvania, across the Atlantic to Scotland and Norway; the rally and demonstration against the so-called “silver lake”, in Germany; the „blew bubbles action“ in Nottinghams’s Market Square in the UK; the protest for a fracking-free region in Murcia, Spain; and the celebration of the Irish fracking ban in Leitrim.

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TTIP – a CHARTER FOR DEREGULATIONS, AN ATTACK ON JOBS, AN END TO DEMOCRACY

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http://www.irishenvironment.com/commentary/john-hilary-transatlantic-trade-investment-partnership-ttip-charter-deregulation-attack-jobs-end-democracy/
A briefing for Rosa Luxemburg Foundation (excerpts)

1. What is TTIP?

Business groups on both sides of the Atlantic have long harboured the dream of a pro-corporate trade and investment agreement between the EU and USA. The TransAtlantic Business Dialogue, an invitation-only group of chief executives from the most powerful US and European companies, was set up in 1995 to lobby for the removal of regulations affecting transnational corporations operating in the EU and USA, and has consistently advocated a far-reaching agreement to realise that goal. Note 1. The creation of the Transatlantic Economic Council in 2007 provided a new opportunity for the TransAtlantic Business Dialogue to press for a free trade area based on the deregulation of markets in both the EU and USA. Continue reading

Instead of a shale bonanza in the EU, a shale fata morgana

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The latest withdrawal from shale gas exploration in Poland by Chevron illustrates how shale gas is unlikely to ever contribute to the EU’s energy mix. Deflated expectations, industry mishaps and lack of social acceptance of fracking should stiffen the resolve of EU leaders to concentrate on renewables and energy efficiency, writes Geert Decock.

http://www.euractiv.com/sections/energy/instead-shale-bonanza-eu-shale-fata-morgana-311833
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Roof Caves In On Proposed Gas Storage MegaBomb

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Literally. Before the frackers could pump it up and set it off.  Peter Mantius gets the scoop, natch. The proposed Seneca Lake Gas MegaBomb is now officially another Bayou Corne Sinkhole waiting to happen. Way to go Inergy. Congrats FERC ! When the roof caves in, half the lake can then do a Bayou Corne and go down the drain. It might then become as big a tourist attraction as The Great Wink Sinkhole, aka the “Atlantis of West Texas” : Continue reading

Oil, Gas and Water Just Do Not Mix

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I wrote a blog post on our (new!) website about a horrible corporate report on how fracking wastewater will be a growth market for the water industry. Enjoy. Feel free to share.
Sample tweet: Our latest blog post: Why Oil, Gas and Water Just Do Not Mix
January 28th, 2015

Oil, Gas and Water Just Do Not Mix

By Geert Decock

Kids learn in a basic science experiment that when you try to mix oil and water, oil will float to the top, because the two substances don’t mix. I had to think back to such experiments when reading a report on Water Innovation in Oil and Gas 2014, published by the London Environmental Investment Forum and sponsored by Veolia.

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WATER CHARGES – opinion – how much you will pay – why we need democracy

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Opinion: Is it any wonder protests turn nasty when they make fools out of those who believe? http://www.thejournal.ie/readme/constitutional-convention-direct-democracy-1788692-Nov2014/

Like many, events of last week and last weekend have shaken my certainty in Irish democracy. The wicked go unpunished and the good go unrewarded.

Oliver Moran
THE PEOPLE WHO blocked the Tánaiste in at the weekend have no respect for democracy, I heard the Taoiseach say. And I won’t disagree with him. Speaking personally, my belief in democracy has been tested greatly over the past seven days. It’s difficult to maintain respect for something that is treated with contempt and a word that is a prostitute to everyone’s service, even though I retain a naive belief.

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‘Fracking firms to push ahead with drilling till money is involved’

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http://rt.com/op-edge/204663-fracking-ecology-danger-regulatory-mechanisms/

As long as there is money to be made, fracking firms will continue with the supported of the UK government, which has been corrupted by fossil fuel money making the drilling for shale gas profitable, George Barda, environmental campaigner, told RT.

Fracking companies drilling for natural gas should be allowed to cause larger earthquakes than the current UK regulations permit, leading academics suggested in a study published earlier this week. Continue reading

Horror stories from Frack Land

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Horror stories from Frack Land https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=5z4057aNM9E
Short film of two men who have been exposed to toxic chemical contamination. One was dosed while working on a frack pad drilling site, the other is poisoned because he lives within a mile of a gigantic gas precessing plant and has gas wells 400 ft from his home.
Doctors in hospitals are taking donations from gas companies. Continue reading