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Highlights from the Workshop on SHALE-GAS
That the Petitions Committee and its continue pulse-checking activity of the European citizenry would have ultimately lead to this, it was no surprise at all.

As a matter of fact, when on October 9 2012, works were started in the PETI organized
workshop on the subject of Shale Gas in Europe, based on the petitions received, many petitioners, regular citizens, Members of the Parliament, experts and interest-groups were eager and happy to have finally found a proper outlet to provide and receive
information, in a more inclusive and less top-down fashion.
Many kudos need to be given out to the upbeat, responsible and pro-active role of the Policy Department C (Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs) of the European Parliament, which sustained the mission, vision and scope of this workshop and contributed substantially to its success. Building on the experience accumulated in 2011, when the Parliamentary Committee on Environment (ENVI) commissioned a study on the “Impacts of Shale Gas Extraction on the Environment and on Human Health” (further revised and updated in 2012), the European Parliament was able to release a dedicated cahier titled: “Workshop on Shale Gas in the EU and its impact on the environment and energy policy, from the perspective of petitions received”.
The panels were designed to be all-encompassing and very inclusive, providing a voice and a counter-voice, based on evidences that could foster and enablesensible personal choices. The workshop was brilliantly chairedby the President of the Committee on Petitions – Ms. Erminia Mazzoni MEP – and witnessed gripping accounts and informative presentations that can be read, explored and shared at http://bit.ly/1030doP.
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/committees/en/peti/events.html#menuzone

Matthias Altmann, Kevin Anderson, Marta Ballesteros, Florent Pelsy, Nicolae Anastasius, Michael LaBelle and John Broderick all gave informed accounts on thestate-of-play surrounding “Shale Gas” extraction and what theprocess entails for communities, public health and geo-stability.
Some myths were debunked, some others were left open and a lotof attention was rightly deserved to the cases/petitions that fostered the whole exercise to start with.

The workshop focused on 9 outstanding petitions: 3 from Poland, 2 from Romania, 2 from Germany, 1 from France and 1 from Bulgaria.
Petition 504/2012 from France and introduced by the initiator Ms. Daniele Favari, set the workshop in motion and provided, along with the other cases on the Agenda,
many stimuli to the discussion. In particular, Ms. Favari by coordinating the citizens’ actions in several Member States, opposing to the exploration and exploitation of shale gas was able to provide a very substantial series of documents thus shedding a helpful light. Even taking into account the different frameworks sparking the petitions in each country, all of them more or less explicitly claimed that present EU legislation is incomplete and too weak, and does not provide a well-informed framework for this new technology.

There is no comprehensive legislation on resource mining, it is felt, and legislation on the use of water resources includes too many exceptions for industrial purposes, while the population pressure on existing resources increases exponentially.

For example, the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive 85/337/EEC, and subsequent amendments, Annex I, Art 1, fixes the threshold for gas extraction and Art 12.
for the use of groundwater resources. In both cases the bar has been placed very low, thus making an impact assessment non compulsory.

The petitioners, the many associations on behalf of which many have spoken and several Members themselves, call on the Parliament to exercise its authority in the co-decision procedure to take account of the arguments raised by these petitions, that is to say by the European people. The proceedings and the many topical exchanges can be seen through the Video-on-Demand offered by the European Parliament and through the link to
the presentations of the experts published just above.

What PETI Journal would like to add at this point is its impartial point of view which happens to be slightly optimistic, as far as one could possibly be. Let’s try and see why in few easy steps. The Members were told that the EIA Directive is subject to a substantive overhaul and the Parliament will be able to take a more people-oriented stance in the
fold, Members and petitioners also discovered that the European Commission has issued official statements stating that it intends to address in a timely manner the question of regulating the shalegas extraction industry and thirdy, by promoting workshops such
as this one we are reporting about, the Committee on Petitions is effectively acting and providing a trustable, official liaison to try and participate in the European Commission’s dialogue with civil society. The issue is still on the table and is far from being resolved,
it is agreed, but the feeling is that the Committee on Petitions is indeed moving in the right direction, helping the voices and the worries of the layman to be heard and addressed by the
European Institutions.

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PETITIONS – EU should receive all petitions from all countries.

Reporter: Borislav from Bulgaria
Dear anti-fracking and climate action campaigners,

I got the info from the European parliament about the shale gas petitions in the PETI committee. There are 9 official petitions + 2 answers (attached):
3 from Poland, 2 from Romania, 2 from Germany, 1 from France and 1 from Bulgaria. There was a PETI commission meeting on 09.10 focused on those petitions (http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meetdocs/2009_2014/documents/peti/dv/shalegas-programme_/shalegas-programme_en.pdf), so we hope there will be at least a report which show the struggle of the european citizens against shale gas exploration and exploitation. Such a report could make pressure to the MEPs in the upcoming plenary decision process on the ITRE (bad) and ENVI (not perfect, but OK) shale gas reports. The plenary decisions are expected to be voted on 19-22 Nov so we should raised pressure campaign until that session. We should also use as arguments the last studies by the European commission (Potential Risks for the Environment and Human Health Arising from Hydrocarbons Operations Involving Hydraulic Fracturing in Europe, Climate Impact of Potential Shale Gas Production in the EU, Unconventional Gas: Potential Energy Market Impacts in the European Union). The decision by the European parliament could be a crossing point in the development of the fossil fuels and specially the unconventional ones.

So here is my proposal:
Lets collect the statistic of all the petitions over countries in EU which were not applied in the PETI commission but in some other national or regional authorities (number of petitions, number of signatures, request bodies)! For example, here in Bulgaria, we have 8000 signatures in a petition to the PETI, but we also have 51551 signatures to the Bulgarian Parliament as a national citizen initiative petition.
Then we can sent a letter with all the data to the PETI commission and to all the MEP’s in EP.

Lets also try to convince Avaaz or some other organization/website/campaign platform to start a anti-fracking petition in the begining of the next month!

In the meantime, we can organize demonstrations and other events.

All the best,
For a Fracking Free Europe!

Borislav Sandov 
Member of the Coordination team, Climate Action Coalition Bulgaria 
Co-chair, Political Party ‘Zelenite’ (The Greens)
Campaign coordinator, Foundation for Environment and Agriculture

Sofia, Bulgaria
facebook: Borislav Sandov | skype: Borislav Sandov | twitter: BobbySandov

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EU PETITIONS

Bulgarian petition (pdf)

Bulgarian petition_answer

French petition_Daniele Favari

German petition Ralf Fuhrmann

German petition_Annegret Hicking

Polish petition_P.U

Polish petition _P.U._answer

Polish petition_Edward Zytka

Polish petition_Teresa Wojda

Romanian petition_Citizens_rights_Association

Romanian petition_Vasilie Stan

Romania: PETI BARLAD
Romania:
PETI BARLAD pdf
Romania:
SG Romania
Romania:
SG Romania pdf
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PETITIONS – EU should receive all petitions from all countries.

Reporter: Borislav from Bulgaria
Dear anti-fracking and climate action campaigners,

I got the info from the European parliament about the shale gas petitions in the PETI committee. There are 9 official petitions + 2 answers (attached):
3 from Poland, 2 from Romania, 2 from Germany, 1 from France and 1 from Bulgaria. There was a PETI commission meeting on 09.10 focused on those petitions (http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meetdocs/2009_2014/documents/peti/dv/shalegas-programme_/shalegas-programme_en.pdf), so we hope there will be at least a report which show the struggle of the european citizens against shale gas exploration and exploitation. Such a report could make pressure to the MEPs in the upcoming plenary decision process on the ITRE (bad) and ENVI (not perfect, but OK) shale gas reports. The plenary decisions are expected to be voted on 19-22 Nov so we should raised pressure campaign until that session. We should also use as arguments the last studies by the European commission (Potential Risks for the Environment and Human Health Arising from Hydrocarbons Operations Involving Hydraulic Fracturing in Europe, Climate Impact of Potential Shale Gas Production in the EU, Unconventional Gas: Potential Energy Market Impacts in the European Union). The decision by the European parliament could be a crossing point in the development of the fossil fuels and specially the unconventional ones.

So here is my proposal:
Lets collect the statistic of all the petitions over countries in EU which were not applied in the PETI commission but in some other national or regional authorities (number of petitions, number of signatures, request bodies)! For example, here in Bulgaria, we have 8000 signatures in a petition to the PETI, but we also have 51551 signatures to the Bulgarian Parliament as a national citizen initiative petition.
Then we can sent a letter with all the data to the PETI commission and to all the MEP’s in EP.

Lets also try to convince Avaaz or some other organization/website/campaign platform to start a anti-fracking petition in the begining of the next month!

In the meantime, we can organize demonstrations and other events.

All the best,
For a Fracking Free Europe!

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Europe:

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http://www.petitions24.net/appeal_for_an_european_consensus_2_en

This is the European Petition calling on a moratorium on Fracking initiated by the French ‘No gaz de schiste’ group, The French initiative against fracking, ‘No Gaz de Schiste composed the following petition for Connie Hedegaard (EU environment) and Guenther Oettinger (EU Energy). The petition is supported by Bulgaria, Poland, Spain, UK, Ireland, Germany and available at their language.
France – http://www.petitionen24.com/appel_a_un_consensus_europeen_fr
Deutschland – http://www.petitionen24.com/appel_a_un_consensus_europeen_all
England and Ireland

http://www.petitions24.net/appeal_for_an_european_consensus_2_en
Espana – http://www.petitionen24.com/appel_a_un_consensus_europeen_esp
Poland – http://www.petitionen24.com/appel_a_un_consensus_europeen_pol
Bulgaria http://www.petitionen24.com/appel_a_un_consensus_europeen_bulg