Solidarity Action for the French anti-Fracking Groups – Call for Protest Feb 28 + letter

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France has been a true “lantern example” in our global fight against fracking.

Solidarity letter + signatories
English: France_AntiFrackingSolidarityLetter_Montelimar-Signatories

In December 2015 American firm Schuepach lost its legal action against the French state to be allowed to frack for shale in Southern France (

Now, Total has put forward another legal action to regain its Montelimar license in the South of France. “The French major might regain the Montelimar permit by the end of January, depending on the outcome of a court case that has not just sparked an outcry among green activists – anti-fracking groups call for a protest on February 28 – but also brought the shale gas debate back into national news.”

French groups are calling now for protest on February 28.
“Environmental groups are calling for a demonstration on February 28 in Barjac, a small town in the department of Gard, one of the five departments covered by the Montélimar permit which could be re-awarded to Total by a French court, according to a statement from Stop Gaz de schiste”, the national coalition against fracking.”

Please find a solidarity letter attached. It shall be signed by as many international groups as possible. It will be sent to the Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy and it shall also be read out during the protest on February 28.

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Take Action – Ban fracking – sign petition

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Take action – 2 day protest outside Leinster House Dec 1st and 2nd

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Ban Fracking in Ireland Now Protest

Two Day Ban Fracking in Ireland Now Protest outside Leinster House from 11:30am on Tuesday, December 1st 2015 until 5:00pm on Wednesday, December 2nd 2015. No Ban – No Vote.
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Anti-fracking protesters picket councillors in Coleraine

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Anti-fracking protesters picket councillors in Coleraine

By David Young

Published 23/06/2015 | 09:04

A large group of protesters gathered outside a meeting of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council in Coleraine last night to protest against fracking at Ballinlea borehole in North Antrim
A large group of protesters gathered outside a meeting of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council in Coleraine last night to protest against fracking at Ballinlea borehole in North Antrim

Protesters alarmed at the prospect of possible fracking for oil on the North Coast have gathered outside Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council in Coleraine.

The demonstrators targeted the council as a meeting was being held inside last night.

The protest came after Rathlin Energy confirmed that it intends to drill a second exploratory borehole at Ballinlea near Ballycastle.

Local residents are concerned about the about the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing possibly being used on the site.

Earlier a company spokesman sought to allay fears.

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He said: “Rathlin Energy is still hoping to be able to extract any oil and gas it finds by a conventional drilling process. If for some reason that proves impossible, the company may in future consider hydraulic fracturing, but that’s a very, very long way off. Anything the company does will be subject to strict planning regulations.”

The Canadian-owned energy company has held the licence for oil and gas exploration in the North West since 2008.

During their initial explorations they found a small amount of oil.

Rathlin Energy has now completed further geological surveys and is in the process of finalising the location of their second exploration site.

Further reading

Government trying to fast-track fracking in UK without public consent 

Fracking chemicals detected in Pennsylvania’s drinking water

Link between fracking and earthquakes causing alarm in oil-rich Oklahoma

Gas fracking company: We caused 50 tremors in England – but we’re not going to stop

‘Fracking’ blamed for UK quakes

Fracking regulator urged in report

Environmental group Protect Our North Coast challenges Ballinlea shale drilling plans 

Cuadrilla Resources: We caused 50 tremors in England – but we’re not going to stop 

Safety fears over fracking checks 

Fracking in Fermanagh: As for shale gas companies, tell them to frack off

Fracking ‘could hit Fermanagh’s fish stocks’ 

Fracking: DUP clash as debate gets heated

Minister’s frack film criticism ‘out of order’

Fracking ‘boosts hummingbirds’ 

Fracking and the company that’s exploring the depths of Fermanagh

Fracking criticised over pollution and health risks

Anti-fracking campaigners’ fury after DoE admits drilling web error

Activists call on Stormont to revoke fracking licence for Co Antrim forest

Poisoning link threatens future of fracking

Fracking could unleash a host of new horrors

Northern Ireland will reap no benefit from shale gas or oil, says MLA


Take Action call for TTIP amendments- reply from MEPs

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Reply from Brian Crowley

From: CROWLEY Brian []
Sent: Monday, June 01, 2015 6:19 PM
Subject: Automatic reply: TTIP RESOLUTION – Please TABLE and SUPPORT AMENDMENTS before Wednesday 3 June

As I am currently undergoing medical treatment in Ireland I will not be in Brussels for a few weeks. In case of urgency please contact my Cork Office, email: ; tel: 00353214896433.

Thank you

Reply from Sinn Fein (Matt  Carthy)

Many thanks for your getting in touch, I’m sure it goes without saying that I share your concerns regarding this deal and the inclusion of the ISDS mechanism. Me and my fellow Sinn Fein colleagues in Europe will of course be opposing TTIP in the June plenary.

I want to bring your attention to a demonstration Sinn Féin are organizing ahead of next weeks plenary taking place at 12 pm Monday June 8th outside the European Parliament Building on Dawson Street. We are using this demonstration to call on Irish MEPs to join us in voting against the INTA report and specifically the inclusion of the ISDS mechanism. I hope you will be able to join us for this demonstration.
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MEPs CAN VOTE FOR A MORATORIUM (a ban should be better…)

Call from Geert, Food and Water Watch

It has been a long time, but the European Parliament again has a chance to vote in favour of a moratorium on fracking. This is a rare opportunity. Let’s not miss it!

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Take Action – MEP amendments for a moratorium + reply from MEPs

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AMENDMENTS 366 & 415, and 394
 Luke Ming Flanagan
On May 7, the Industry Committee in the European Parliament is scheduled to vote on the 800 amendments that were submitted to the initial draft report by the rapporteur, the Lithuanian EPP MEP Saudargas. All texts available here.
Good news. Several S&D MEPs and a Green MEP submitted amendments for a moratorium on fracking (366 & 415, and 394). The first two have the same text that got the support of more than one third of MEPs, when the Parliament voted in November 2012 on a reports about the environmental impacts of shale gas.
  • On the basis of the precautionary principle and on the principle that preventive action should be taken, taking into account the risks and the negative climate, environmental and health impacts involved in hydraulic fracturing for the exploitation of unconventional fracking and the gaps identified in the EU regulatory regime for shale gas activities, urges Member States not to authorise any new unconventional hydraulic fracturing operations in the EU
Bad news. The Parliament’s Industry Committee is not the most environmentally conscious body. We can assume that some 15 MEPs (about 20%) will vote in favour of the moratorium amendment (Greens, some S&D MEPs, some Spanish Podemos MEPs in the leftwing GUE group and the MEPs from the Italian Cinque Stelle movement).