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OPEN LETTER TO RASMUSSEN – JUNE 2014

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http://frackingfreeireland.org/2014/06/23/open-letter-to-rasmussen/

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Add your group to this open letter:https://docs.google.com/document/d/1uRwd2rcNcB8LxeWwb4E1gFMu9IE8TX5WWwT9MOFxuP0/edit

 

PRESS RELEASE –
Friends of the Earth Europe & Food & Water Europe

http://www.foeeurope.org/shale_gas_framework_220114.

Europe is opening its doors to dirty and dangerous unconventional fossil fuels, Friends of the Earth Europe and Food & Water Europe said today. The warning comes as the European Commission publishes a framework to guide member states on how to regulate shale gas which fails to provide mandatory protection for Europe’s citizens against the environmental and health risks of fracking.

Despite the best efforts of some decision-makers, attempts to regulate the fracking industry have been undermined by heavy corporate lobbying and pressure from certain member states intent on fracking their lands. The proposal is now weak and will not stop the environment and communities being harmed, contradicting previous recommendations and studies made by the European Parliament and the European Commission [1].

Antoine Simon, shale gas campaigner for Friends of the Earth Europe said: “Shale gas regulations have been fracked to pieces by corporations and fossil fuel-fixated governments. Insufficient and non-binding recommendations and monitoring mean fracking will go ahead improperly regulated and local communities will be the ones who suffer. Europe is putting the fox in charge of the hen house.”

Europe can expect to see a surge in local resistance, like that witnessed in the UK, Romania and Poland: more than 370 grassroots organisations from all around Europe published last week a letter expressing strong concern about the promises not kept by the EU institutions to put in place a regulatory framework that would guarantee a so-called safe and sustainable development of this industry in Europe.

Geert de Cock, policy officer for Food & Water Europe said: “The Commission proposals on unconventional fossil fuels fail to deliver the robust rules that the Commission’s own impact assessment, the Parliament, opinion polls and the International Energy Agency have called for. The lack of courage by EU leaders to stand up to industry pressure will galvanize our campaign for a complete ban on fracking.”

With the heavy support from José Manuel Barroso, the United Kingdom, Poland, and Romania have all played a leading role in undermining shale gas legislation, with allies Hungary, Lithuania, Czech Republic and Slovakia, according to a letter written by the UK Permanent Representation and obtained by Friends of the Earth.

Antoine Simon continued: “Past experience, every poll, study and resolution, pointed to the need for tough regulation. Instead, we’re repeating the social and environmental mistakes played out across America. The village of Pungeşti, Romania offers a grim example of the future of shale gas development in Europe – with communities themselves the last line of defence against dirty and dangerous fossil fuels.”

Next month, MEPs will make a final vote on changes to environmental and health safeguards applicable to all fossil fuels, in the form of a review of the Environmental Impact Assessment directive. Fracking remains exempt from mandatory impact assessments after being removed from the text by the European Council. Environmental impact assessments for shale gas projects will only be undertaken voluntarily by member states and some countries have already announced they would not make use of them.

Friends of the Earth Europe and Food & Water Europe campaign against the extraction of unconventional fossil fuels, including shale gas. The extraction of unconventional gas and oil poses a significant threat to the climate, the environment and to local communities. They will lock Europe into fossil fuel use, jeopardise emissions reduction targets and prevent investments in genuine solutions – like the development of community renewable energy resources, and energy savings projects.

Today the European Commission also unveils its plans to tackle climate change by the year 2030. The proposal disregards climate science and fails to set the ambitious binding targets necessary to avoid catastrophic levels of global warming.

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NOTES

[1] A series of European Parliament and Commission studies can be found at the links below:

Press release

EU civil society voice opposition to European Commission green light for fracking

Some 300 civil society groups from across Europe have addressed their concerns over proposals by the European Commission to issue non-binding guidance for the shale gas industry this week.

In an open letter addressed to EU institutions, some 300 diverse groups from across Europe criticise the Commission’s proposals to issue non-binding guidance for the industry, which pave the way for shale gas exploration. The EU executive body will announce its plans this Wednesday, as part of its 2030 Climate and Energy Package. Pressure from the fossil fuel lobby, as well as from Member States, with the UK playing a leading role, has resulted in the Commission making a U-turn from its previous course to deliver binding legislative proposals, initially favoured by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik in October.

read more in the pdf:   Microsoft Word – PressRelease_IRL
and here: http://frackingfreeireland.org/2014/01/20/press-release-joint-open-eu-letter/

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Updating joint open letter to EU institutions

20 January
Over 300 groups

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Joint open letter to EU institutions

16th Janaury

249 groups of concerned citizens and environmental organisations, mobilised against the development in Europe of unconventional fossil fuels, are extremely worried about the recent developments regarding review of the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive, plans for a European UFF framework and also about transatlantic agreements and projects of the European Commission.

Please find below their open letter

For the attention of:
José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, & Commissioners from DG ENVI, ENER, CLIMA, ENTR, AGRI;

To European Council Members and national heads of state (Presidents, Prime Ministers & Ministers concerned);

To Members of the European Parliament.

Subject: Unconventional fossil fuels / Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive & other projects from the European Institutions

OPEN LETTER:
Europe

List of SIGNATURES :
signatures-final-4 (Excel)
signatures-final-4 (PDF)

The letter in various languages (German, French, Dutch, Swedish etc)


scienceFracking science hand out – with scientific updates

press release

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Acceptance for shale development in Europe is growing – http://www.naturalgaseurope.com/shale-development-in-europe

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Statement on
Shale Gas Europe event “Public acceptance and the role of industry”

by Geert Decock, Policy officer Food & Water Europe.

Brussels – The oil and gas industry is going in overdrive in 2013 to sell shale gas and fracking to Brussels-based policy-makers and the European public. Today, Shale Gas Europe – an initiative by Chevron, Cuadrilla, Halliburton and others – is hosting an event in Brussels, entitled “Public acceptance and the role of industry”, as part of its campaign to improve the image of unconventional extraction methods. Despite such campaigns, shale gas continues to face an uphill battle for public acceptability in the EU. Surveys show that Europeans remain wary about the prospect of a shale gas project in their area. And early exploration efforts for shale gas have met stiff resistance from residents. There is a groundswell of public distrust vis-à-vis the reassuring messages of the oil and gas industry.  Food & Water Europe feels strengthened in its conviction that the EU can and must avoid the negative impacts associated with drilling thousands and thousands of shale gas wells across Europe. Europeans support an aggressive investment in renewables and energy efficiency, Brussels should listen.

Below is just a snapshot of the many voices, who reject shale gas as part of Europe’s energy mix. A Eurobarometer survey from January 2013 demonstrated that 74% of Europeans would be concerned, if a shale gas project came to their area. In a local referendum in November 2012 in Costinesti, Romania, where Chevron holds exploration licenses, 94,4% of the voters voted against hydraulic fracturing. In October 2012, thousands of Spaniards took to the streets in Santander and Vitoria to protest against exploration activities in Northern Spain.

“Shale gas is promoted as a potential game changer for Europe’s energy supply. Yet, many uncertainties remain”, said Food & Water Europe policy officer Geert De Cock. “The EU still lacks an updated EU-wide regulation for unconventional fossil fuels. The carbon footprint of natural gas remains an open question due to our limited understanding of the fugitive methane emissions involved in unconventional gas extraction. Governments have not drawn up plans on how to treat large volumes of heavily contaminated flowback water. In this context, it should come as a surprise that European citizens remain wary about unconventional gas and fracking”.

Food & Water Europe holds that European governments are putting the cart before the horse, by allowing exploration and extraction to go ahead without a detailed analysis of the risk and negative impacts of large-scale shale gas activities. Until all the climate, environmental and health impacts are adequately addressed, we believe that no further shale gas and other unconventional gas activities should proceed. We call on all Member States to suspend all ongoing activities, to abrogate permits, and to place a ban on any new projects, whether exploration or exploitation.

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Food & Water Europe works to ensure the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and sustainable. So we can all enjoy and trust in what we eat and drink, we help people take charge of where their food comes from, keep clean, affordable, public tap water flowing freely to our homes, protect the environmental quality of oceans, force government to do its job protecting citizens, and educate about the importance of keeping shared resources under public control.

Contact: Geert De Cock tel. +32 (0)2 893 10 45, mobile +32 (0)484 629.491, gdecock(at)fweurope.org

Geert Decock
Policy Officer – Food & Water Europe
Tel: +32 (0)2 893 10 45
Mobile: +32 (0)484 629 491
Email: gdecock@fweurope.org
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @FoodWaterEurope
Website http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/europe

 

 

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Import prohibition requirement prevents politicians to support the resolution Korbacher
Import-Verbotsforderung hindert Politiker, die Korbacher Resolution zu unterstützen
Die BI hat politische Gruppierungen gebeten, die Korbacher Resolution zu unterstützen.
Von verschiedenen Seiten wurde erklärt, dass eine Mitunterzeichnung nicht möglich ist, weil bestehende Handelsabkommen dem in der Resolution geforderten Importverbot für Frackinggas entgegenstehen.
Mit diesem Argument setzt sich folgende Stellungnahme auseinander:
more… http://www.frackingfreieshessen.de/index.php?page=Thread&postID=712#post712

Sign the Korbach petitionhttps://www.openpetition.de/petition/online/korbacher-erklaerung-der-buergerinitiativen-gegen-fracking-deutschland


KORBACH RESOLUTION –  new version

I just want to inform you, that  we’ve slightly change the text of the Korbach Resolution in order to make it easier for different groups / parties / companies / cities throughout Europe / World to adopt the demands and to co-sign the resolution.

The text reads now as follows:

“We address the following demands to our governments and the European Union:”

and is at the moment available in:

English: http://www.resolution-korbach.org/unterstuetzer/unterst-aus-en.php
French: http://www.resolution-korbach.org/unterstuetzer/unterst-aus-fr.php
Spanish: http://www.resolution-korbach.org/unterstuetzer/unterst-aus-es.php
Polish: http://www.resolution-korbach.org/unterstuetzer/unterst-aus-pl.php
Danish: http://www.resolution-korbach.org/unterstuetzer/unterst-aus-dm.php

The application form for the supporters is now also available in en, fr and es: http://www.resolution-korbach.org/pages/sign-as-supporter.php?lang=DE.
The other languages will follow.
I would also like to draw your attention towards the fact, that meanwhile we have 148 co-signers altogether. 16 of them are cities respectively counties. Thus, please feel free to circulate this message and ask NGO’s, political parties, companies and cities/counties in your own country if they want to co-sign the Korbach Resolution.

I think that the more supporters we can get the stronger our demands will be recognized at the national and the EU-level (especially with regard to next year’s elections and the current CETA- and TTIP-negotiations).

my best regards

Andy Gheorghiu

Korbach Resolution – Meeting of the German Anti-Fracking-Initiatives
FRACKING FREE IRELAND DOES SUPPORT THE RESOLUTION
KORBACH RESOLUTION
Korbach-Resolution_05.06.2013_en update 5 June 2013

http://www.resolution-korbach.org/

On the 4th and 5th of May 2013 twenty-five German
anti-fracking-initiatives and Food & Water Europe met in Korbach,
North-Hessia, to promote a stronger network and an exchange of
experiences.

The meeting was very constructive and productive and has helped a lot
to bring the German anti-fracking-initiatives closer together.

I send you enclosed the “Korbach Resolution” which was one of the main
results of the meeting (thanks to Geert for participating in the
translation). Please feel free to spread the resolution, file it on
your homepages, translate it and send it to your press contacts.

We are now looking for supporters (German- and EU-Wide) of the
KB-Resolution. My idea is, that – if the supporters-list is strong
enough – we could adress the EU-parliament and the German Government
before the publication of the public “fracking-consultation” in June.
We can also use this to constantly contact the press by calling
attention to the expansion of the supporters.

If you, your organisations or organisations you are working with, are
willing to co-sign the KB-resolution as supporters, please feel free to
get in touch with me.

Further decisions of the meeting were that:

1. Different actions shall be carried out throughout Germany on the
31st August 2013. Motto of the Day: “Keine Stimme für Fracking – No
vote for fracking”. Any group that would like to participate
(especially if close to the German border and close to an existing
German Anti-Fracking-Initiative) is heartly welcomed to do so. Just get
in touch.

2. The German groups will participate with similar decentralized
actions in the Global Frackdown Day on the 19th October 2013.

At last some press-voices concerning the meeting (all in German):
http://www.welt.de/regionales/frankfurt/article115900254/Buergerinitiativen-verabschieden-Resolution.html
http://www.focus.de/regional/hessen/energie-buergerinitiativen-verabschieden-resolution-gegen-fracking_aid_980632.html
http://www.fr-online.de/rhein-main/buergerinitiativen-verabschieden-resolution-gegen-fracking,1472796,22682182.html

my best regards

Andy

P.S.: We don’t wanna Frack the Rock, we wanna Roll the Rock ;-))


GERMANY

31 May 2013

Press release

Fracking: Not essential for the “Energiewende”

 

The German Advisory Council on the Environment (SRU), in its statement published today “Fracking for shale gas production – A contribution to its appraisal in the context of energy and environment policy”, advocates a more rational approach to the opportunities and risks associated with fracking. Shale gas is not essential for transforming the energy system. For the moment the fracking technology should not be used for commercial production of shale gas, in view of serious gaps in our knowledge about its environmental impacts. Fracking will not be justifiable until pilot projects have yielded favourable results.

Production of shale gas in Germany will not reduce energy prices, neither will it make any appreciable contribution to the security of energy supply. From the point of view of German energy policy, there can therefore be no interest in such production. Present knowledge indicates that the domestic potential for economically profitable extraction subject to appropriate environmental conditions is far too small to have any appreciable influence on gas prices in Germany. It would be misguided to revise our energy and climate policy in the light of cheap shale gas from the USA. Its impact on the industry’s competitiveness is often exaggerated.

As regards the environmental risks of fracking, the SRU notes that there are still considerable uncertainties and gaps in our knowledge. The following aspects in particular have yet to be clarified:

–       environmentally sound disposal of the resulting waste water,

–       the safety of boreholes and production systems, especially as regards groundwater conservation,

–       the long-term impacts of such operations and

–       the climate balance of shale gas.

For precautionary reasons, fracking must not on any account be used within the catchment area of existing or potential drinking water protection areas. The SRU furthermore recommends a step-by-step approach to clarifying outstanding questions, in which initially only pilot projects will be permitted.

Fresh information should be obtained above all from such demonstration projects accompanied by close scientific monitoring. The process of planning and implementing these pilot projects should be transparent, and should involve participation by the public. In accordance with the polluter pays principle, the resulting costs should be borne by the extraction industry.

“Energiewende” means the German Energy Transition http://energytransition.de/

The statement “Fracking zur Schiefergasgewinnung – Ein Beitrag zur energie- und umweltpolitischen Bewertung” (available in German only) can be downloaded from www.umweltrat.de or ordered from the SRU Office.

For more information, call Dr. Christian Hey, Tel: +49 (0)30 263696-0

 

For over forty years the SRU has been advising the German Federal Government on environmental policy issues. The Council is made up of seven professors from a range of different environment-related disciplines. This ensures an encompassing and independent evaluation from a natural scientific and technical point of view, as well as from an economic, legal, and political science perspective. The Council is a member of the network of European Environmental and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils (EEAC).

It currently has the following members:

Prof. Dr. Martin Faulstich (Chair), Clausthal University of Technology

Prof. Dr. Karin Holm-Müller (Deputy Chair), Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

Prof. Dr. Harald Bradke, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI in Karlsruhe

Prof. Dr. Christian Calliess, Freie Universität Berlin

Prof. Dr. Heidi Foth, Martin Luther University in Halle-Wittenberg

Prof. Dr. Manfred Niekisch, Goethe University Frankfurt, Frankfurt Zoo

Prof. Dr. Miranda Schreurs, Freie Universität Berlin


JASON ANDERSON | Head of Climate Change and Energy Policy | WWF European Policy Office | 168 Avenue de Tervuren, Box 20, 1150 Brussels, Belgium | Email: janderson@wwfepo.org | Mobile: +32 (0) 474 83 76 03 | Fax: +32 2 7438819 | skype: jandersonWWF | www.wwf.eu | http://twitter.com/WWFEU

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Statement on

Shale Gas Europe event “Public acceptance and the role of industry”

by Geert Decock, Policy officer Food & Water Europe.

Brussels – The oil and gas industry is going in overdrive in 2013 to sell shale gas and fracking to Brussels-based policy-makers and the European public. Today, Shale Gas Europe – an initiative by Chevron, Cuadrilla, Halliburton and others – is hosting an event in Brussels, entitled “Public acceptance and the role of industry”, as part of its campaign to improve the image of unconventional extraction methods. Despite such campaigns, shale gas continues to face an uphill battle for public acceptability in the EU. Surveys show that Europeans remain wary about the prospect of a shale gas project in their area. And early exploration efforts for shale gas have met stiff resistance from residents. There is a groundswell of public distrust vis-à-vis the reassuring messages of the oil and gas industry. Food & Water Europe feels strengthened in its conviction that the EU can and must avoid the negative impacts associated with drilling thousands and thousands of shale gas wells across Europe. Europeans support an aggressive investment in renewables and energy efficiency, Brussels should listen.

Below is just a snapshot of the many voices, who reject shale gas as part of Europe’s energy mix. A Eurobarometer survey from January 2013 demonstrated that 74% of Europeans would be concerned, if a shale gas project came to their area. In a local referendum in November 2012 in Costinesti, Romania, where Chevron holds exploration licenses, 94,4% of the voters voted against hydraulic fracturing. In October 2012, thousands of Spaniards took to the streets in Santander and Vitoria to protest against exploration activities in Northern Spain.

“Shale gas is promoted as a potential game changer for Europe’s energy supply. Yet, many uncertainties remain”, said Food & Water Europe policy officer Geert De Cock. “The EU still lacks an updated EU-wide regulation for unconventional fossil fuels. The carbon footprint of natural gas remains an open question due to our limited understanding of the fugitive methane emissions involved in unconventional gas extraction. Governments have not drawn up plans on how to treat large volumes of heavily contaminated flowback water. In this context, it should come as a surprise that European citizens remain wary about unconventional gas and fracking”.

Food & Water Europe holds that European governments are putting the cart before the horse, by allowing exploration and extraction to go ahead without a detailed analysis of the risk and negative impacts of large-scale shale gas activities. Until all the climate, environmental and health impacts are adequately addressed, we believe that no further shale gas and other unconventional gas activities should proceed. We call on all Member States to suspend all ongoing activities, to abrogate permits, and to place a ban on any new projects, whether exploration or exploitation.

######

Food & Water Europe works to ensure the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and sustainable. So we can all enjoy and trust in what we eat and drink, we help people take charge of where their food comes from, keep clean, affordable, public tap water flowing freely to our homes, protect the environmental quality of oceans, force government to do its job protecting citizens, and educate about the importance of keeping shared resources under public control.

Contact: Geert De Cock tel. +32 (0)2 893 10 45, mobile +32 (0)484 629.491, gdecock(at)fweurope.org

Geert Decock

Policy Officer – Food & Water Europe

Tel: +32 (0)2 893 10 45

Mobile: +32 (0)484 629 491

Email: gdecock@fweurope.org

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @FoodWaterEurope

Website: http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/europe/