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Regulations/inspections – actions proposed for 2015

http://frackingfreeireland.org/2014/06/14/9625/

Their conclusion: Too few inspections, too little manpower, no systematic data-gathering, no regular review of the rules and a high risk of fraud.
This begs the question what is happening in EU Member States. Are EU Member States ready to inspect a complex and nomadic industry with high environmental risks, operating in densely populated areas? The answer is no.
By the middle of 2015, FOEE and FWE hope to work with all of you to assess whether and how the fracking industry is controlled (or not) in the EU. Some key questions could ask whether there are plans for:
  • training for the staff of competent authorities
  • emergency response plans prepared jointly by operators, regulators and emergency services
  • involvement of local authorities
  • how an adequate inspection regime could/will be funded by operators
  • anti-fraud & corruption measures
Keep these issues in mind, as we move forward fighting this industry. Any information about this could be useful to undermine the consensus that fracking is “adequately covered”.
A. and I will be in touch about how we want to gather more information about this and other elements of fracking in Europe.

TTIP

ECI – rejection and self organised ECI
http://frackingfreeireland.org/global-fracking/global-petitions-eci-ttip/
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The 6th round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (#TTIP) negotiations will be held in Brussels from the 14th to the 18th of July.
This is the time to make our voices heard.
To expose what is trying to be kept secret.
To force the main stream media to cover it.
To inform people what threat it poses for our future and that of the planet.
To spread the call to action of the 11th of October (Stop TTIP and STOP Fracking).
To inspire citizens to fight back.
Let’s show how many of us want this agreement to be stopped now.  Continue reading →

Posted in Take Action, TTIP

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European Citizens Initiative

ECI and CETA – press release 15th julyhttp://frackingfreeireland.org/2014/07/11/european-citizen-initiative-ttip-ceta/
ECI Partner List
Press invitation
Presseeinladung_EBI
Dear Partners and Friends,

we are approaching the official registration of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) against TTIP and CETA, which is why we want to update you once more on all the current developments.

To give you a general overview: we will register the ECI at the European Commission next week on 15 July 2014. The registration form has to be filled out online. Once we have finished the registration, the EU Commission will have two months to assess if the ECI is valid. This means that the collection of signatures will begin in mid-September at the latest. It is not possible to collect signatures before we have obtained an approval by the European Commission.
We will of course keep you posted on this process and provide you with more detailed information regarding the signature collection.

The citizens’ committee

In order to successfully register an ECI, it is mandatory to set up a citizens’ committee. This committee must consist of at least 7 citizens who must reside in at least 7 different EU member states.

Fortunately, the citizens’ committee for our ECI against TTIP and CETA is complete:

1) Blanche Weber  (Luxembourg; Organization: Mouvement Ecologique)2) Lavinia Andrei – (Romania; Organization: Terra Milleniul)3) Pedro Krupenski (Portugal; Organization: Oikos)4) Susan George (France; Organization: Attac/ Transnational Institute)5) Michael Efler (Germany; Organization: Mehr Demokratie)6) John Hilary (Great Britain; Organization: War on Want)7) Otto Kronqvist (Finland; Organization: TTIP-network)

 The Press Conference on Tuesday 15 July 2014 at 12:00 at the Press Club Brussels.
The press conference will take place simultaneously with the official registration of the ECI and will serve as the official launch of the campaign. Three members of the citizens’ committee (Susan George, John Hilary and Michael Efler) will represent the ECI at the conference. Moreover, Karl Bär from the Munich Environment Institute will chair the event.

The conference will be broadcasted live. Therefore, you will have the opportunity to follow the event although you are not located in Brussels. The live-stream will be available on our official campaign website. By putting the link of the campaign website on your own website, you can invite other people to follow the press conference online as well.

The official campaign website is online now but in a provisional version. The website’s URL is http://www.stop-ttip.org

Besides the live-stream, you will find useful material on the website such as info-texts, the official text of the ECI, press releases, additional info on TTIP in general and Investor-State-Dispute-Settlement in particular as well as short biographies and photos of the members of the citizen’s committee. You´ll also find the invitation to our press conference online and attached (in English and German). We encourage you to spread it to your national media contacts.

In addition, we have set up today social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter) for which we of course need as many followers and fans as possible. Please like and follow us here: https://www.facebook.com/eci.ttip
@ECI_TTIP

Partner organisations

Our ECI-coalition is growing everyday and we are now 136 organizations from 18 different EU countries. We are particularly happy that we were joined by Greenpeace Luxembourg, Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND) and the trade union OGBL from Luxembourg.

Nevertheless, we are still looking for more organizations to come on board with us to ensure that we will reach the necessary amount of signatures – and this is were you can get involved as well: if your organization is part of network or if you are in close contact with other organizations, it would be great if you tell them about the initiative and their possibility to join the coalition.

At the moment, we are especially looking for organizations from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, Denmark, Slovakia, Malta, Italy and France as there are only just a few or no organizations that are already partners of the ECI campaign against TTIP and CETA.

To gain an overview of our ECI coalition, you find the list of parter organizations attached.

Maritta, Karl, Lisa and Michael will also attending the NGO strategy meeting in Brussels on TTIP (July, 14+15).

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us directly. You can reach Michael Efler at More Democracy (michael.efler@mehr-demokratie.de), Maritta Strasser at Campact (strasser@campact.de) and Karl Bär at the Munich Environment Institute (kb@umweltinstitut.org). In addition, you can contact Lisa Albers at More Democracy (lisa.albers@mehr-demokratie.de) who manages the mailing list.

Best regards,
Lisa Albers/Michael Efler
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Dear potential partners!  [Ladies and Gentlemen, or Dear Sir/Dear Madam is too steif!]

the TTIPunfairhandelbar coalition (http://www.ttip-unfairhandelbar.de) has already succeeded in launching an intense and critical debate in Germany on the problems with the TTIP and CETA free trade agreements. In order to take the debate beyond Germany’s borders and to bring it in a formal way to the doors of the EU institutions, the coalition has decided to launch a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI). The example of the “Right2Water” ECI has shown that this tool can really be politically effective. An ECI needs to collect 1 million signatures across the EU within 12 months and the signatures have to come from at least one quarter of the Member States (i.e. currently 7 states).

We would very much like …………… to support us in the planned ECI on TTIP. We want to register and publicise the ECI in July so that we can begin collecting signatures in September.

Preparations for the ECI are currently being coordinated by Campact, Attac, BUND, Umweltinstitut München and Mehr Demokratie. As of now, 77 organisations from 12 EU Member States are supporting the ECI. In addition to Germany, the level of support in Portugal, Luxembourg, Great Britain and Finland (at the very least) is strong enough for us to be fairly confident of reaching the country quota. Our goal is to expand the coalition to include at least 100 support organisations by the time the signature collection begins, and to cover as many EU states as possible. Judging by the current state of the preparations we believe it very likely that we will achieve the required 1 million signatures.

Enclosed [or, if digital: Attached] you will find a description of the campaign, including the formal wording of the ECI as it has to be presented to the Commission at registration. In addition, I am sending you a current supporter list and a checklist for possible support measures. For example, any organisation supporting the ECI should in any event distribute information through its own email mailing list and also publicise the ECI through its own website, Facebook page and Twitter.

If you have any questions about the ECI process or the planned campaign, please do not hesitate to contact me. Since we want to register the ECI in July, it would be great if you could let us know as soon as possible whether you will support this important initiative.

Yours very sincerely,

Michael Efler
michael.efle[AT]mehr-demokratie.de

Kampagnenbeschreibung mit Forderungstext Englisch (word doc)
Microsoft Kampagnenbeschreibung mit Forderungstext Englisch (pdf)

ECI Checklist_EN

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This morning, I had a meeting with the cabinet of EU Council President Van Rompuy. It became clear from the meeting that he is very much supportive of reducing the EU’s dependency on natural gas imports by promoting energy efficiency and renewables. In other words, fracking and shale gas is very much at the bottom of his priority list.
In the week of June 16-20, Member States will have bilateral contacts with the EU Council president.
This is why I want to ask you – again – to send the letter below to your respective Heads of State and Government.
Maybe also consider some social media/Twitter actions, using #energysecurity. I tweeted today the following, for your inspiration:
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FRACK FREE EUROPE

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Ask your MEP to become a Frack Free Europe MEP!
Read more:

Email MEP/candidates and ask them to become a frack free MEP
Template letter: http://frackingfreeireland.org/2014/04/09/frack-free-europe-campaign/
List of MEP/candidates and who did sign uphttp://frackingfreeireland.org/2014/04/23/european-elactions-mepcandidates-position-on-fracking/
Signed declarationshttp://frackingfreeireland.org/2014/04/09/paul-murphy-first-irish-frack-free-mep/

public consultation

http://frackingfreeireland.org/2014/04/30/online-public-consultation-ttip-and-isds/

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Please send TODAY an email to our MEP’s and ask to reject the proposal, see template letter below

emer.costello@europarl.europa.eu; gay.mitchell@europarl.europa.eu; paul.murphy@europarl.europa.eu; liam.aylward@europarl.europa.eu; nessa.childers@europarl.europa.eu; mairead.mcguinness@europarl.europa.eu; brian.crowley@europarl.europa.eu; seankellymep@gmail.com; phil.prendergast@europarl.europa.eu; patthecope.gallagher@europarl.europa.eu; marian.harkin@europarl.europa.eu; jim.higgins@europarl.europa.eu

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Dear MEP,

The international campaign group gathered last weekend in France and we decided to ask you to reject the proposal, agreed between the Council and the Parliament ont he review of the EIA Directive.
Please read the short letter below and  please let me know how you will vote

Kind regards,

Ineke Scholte
Fracking Free Ireland

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Location, March 11, 2014

RE: Mandatory Environmental Impact assessments for unconventional fossil fuels are non-negotiable.

The European Parliament has repeatedly expressed its support for a mandatory Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for all unconventional fossil fuel exploration and extraction. Several reports of the European Commission and the European Parliament have pointed out existing loopholes in EU legislation, such as the lack of an EIA for unconventional fossil fuel exploration and extraction.

Member States such as Poland, Romania and the United Kingdom – with allies like Hungary, Lithuania, and Czech Republic – have rejected this demand from the MEPs, who represent the populations that will be impacted by unconventional drilling & fracking activities.

This rejection of the clear position adopted by the Parliament – the only directly elected institution of the EU – is an offence. This is a grave precedent and shows the lack of democratic legitimacy of EU decision-making on such vital matters as protecting the environment and public health from the impacts of exploiting unconventional fossil fuels.

On Wednesday March 12 (procedure 2012/0297(COD)), the plenary session of the Parliament will vote the final text. Regrettably, this text does not contain any rules, requiring unconventional fossil fuels and fracking activities to undergo a mandatory EIA.

This is why we – the representatives of frack-free communities from 12 European countries – ask MEPs to reject the weak proposal, agreed between the Council and the Parliament on the review of the EIA Directive.

Yours sincerely,

Collectif du Nord (France)
Bastagaz Alès (France)
Collectif Causse Méjean (France)
Collectif Garrigue Vaunage (France)
Collectif Anduze/Attac (France)
Collectif Plaine du Languedoc (France)
Amis de la Terre (France)
Collectif Tarn et Garonne (France)
Agir pour l’Environnement (France)
Fracking-free Bulgaria (Bulgaria)
BI Lebenswertes Korbach e.V. (Germany)
BI Fracking freies Hessen (Germany)
Fracking Free Ireland (Ireland)
Stop Steenkoolgas (Belgium)
Schaliegasvrij Nederland (Netherlands)
Centre for Sustainable Development (Lithuania)
The Civil Affairs Institute (INSPRO) (Poland)
Iniciativa Per Catalunya Verds (Spain)
RiudauraJunts anti-fracking (Spain)
Romania Fara Ei (Romania)
Frack-free Sussex (UK)
Ribble Estuary Against Fracking (UK)
No Fracking in Balcombe Society (UK)
Falkirk Against Unconventional Gas (UK)
Britain & Ireland Frack Free (UK)
Friends of the Earth (Ukraine)

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Joint open letter and replies
Reply to your letter sent to President Barroso concerning hydraulic fracturing
reply-open-letter


With my apologies for the delay, I’d like to keep you posted about the final steps of the EIA Directive review.
As you know, after the trialogue discussion, the European Parliament (EP) is now asked to give its final approval (or not) about the text agreed by the three institutions. First, the ENVI Committee will vote and next month, the Plenary Assembly will do the same (if approved by the ENVI Committee). The ENVI Committee vote will take place Wednesday this week at 17:00.

Like I told you last week and a couple of times before, we still had the hope that the Greens would manage to convince other political groups to include a shale gas amendment before the final ENVI committee vote. However, we recently told that “The coordinators [of the different political groups] decided, following an exchange of views, that only the agreement with the Council Presidency should be the object of the vote to be taken pursuant to Rule 70(5) and consequently rejected the request of the Greens/EFA group that in addition to the consolidated text, an amendment to include exploration and extraction of shale gas (14a and 14b of original EP amendment to Annex I) be put to revote in the Committee.

The current situation is particularly tricky and contradicting: The EP recommended last week in an opinion report to adapt a legislation that… they will not adapt in two days. Quite embarrassing…
However, looking at the details, the situation is not so simple. The EP has expressed several times – or at least a majority of this EP – its clear will to include in the EIA Directive an amendment that would make EIAs mandatory for UFF projects. But the EP also knows that no matter what it will predominantly think or recommend, the European Council (with all the very active and influential pro-shale gas countries) will always block attempts to better regulate this industry. These countries have already shown what they are able to do with the crappy results of the shale gas framework and with the even more disappointing trialogue discussions for the EIA Directive review. Therefore, the EP knows that rejecting the text now or adding a shale gas amendment would only postpone an almost unavoidable blockage… and would also probably kill the improvements made in other parts of the text. Real politik can sometimes be particularly hard to swallow…

As a consequence, if you are still willing to take part to the lobby work we are going to make (I know we’ve been really demanding over the last few months…), we are offering you, as usual, a document with the contact details of MEP’s members of the ENVI Committee, but also two different template letters: These are two options depending on the position your group/organisation/yourself wants to have. We have drafted a text calling for a rejection of the text and another one calling for abstention:

  • The first one is in line with the position we’ve always had all along these discussions, calling for an unambiguous mandatory EIA for UFF projects… which is actually something the EP called for last week again.
  • The second one takes in consideration the realities of the political scene on this issue, and the potential collateral damages a rejection of this text might make on other parts of the text.

FYI: FoEE will send the second letter for the reasons explained in that letter
post-Trialogue letter to MEPs – ABSTAIN
post-Trialogue letter to MEPs – REJECT


Hello all,
.Some feedbacks about the vote that has just happened: The shale gas amendment calling for local and regional authorities not to authorise shale gas (and other unconventional hydrocarbon) activities was rejected 384 votes to 239 (not that bad for such a strong wondering), however the EP is calling for Environmental Impact Assessments for both exploration AND extraction, despite ring-wing attempts to delete.
This reference to the Environmental Impact Assessment is part of the paragraph 90 of the text and here is how it reads:
90. Calls for the Commission, when coming forward with legislation on hydraulic fracturing, to include a mandatory environmental impact assessment for both the exploration and extraction of shale gas; stresses, moreover, that there is insufficient data on the chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing process; calls on the Commission, therefore, when coming forward with such legislation, to ensure transparency as regards all data on these chemicals in order to secure the highest possible level of public health and environmental protection;

This is really excellent because we managed this time to have a majority in favor of a mandatory EIA both for exploration and exploitation, for any kind of activities.

I know it is REALLY confusing, but please bear in mind that this is NOT related to the review of the EIA Directive (which makes the situation even more stupid). This paragraph is part of an Own-initiative report of the European Parliament about the 2030 climate and energy package, therefore, it is “just” an opinion report with no binding authority, but it is usually taken as a reference by the European Commission for future related legislative initiatives.

The final vote on the EIA Directive will normally take place next week, and, as far I know, no amendment referring to shale gas will be made, but we first need to wait for the coordinators’ meeting of the ENVI Committee We’ll keep you posted, as usual.

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Fyi, UK MEP Rebecca Taylor MEP just tweeted the following:
#EP has voted in favour of requiring envi impact assessments for #fracking (exploratory & extraction) #ClimateChange#EU
Amendment 27 – urging local and regional authorities not to authorise fracking – was rejected. But paragraph 4 – demanding three binding targets on energy efficiency, renewables and greenhouse gas emissions – passed.

Urgent Action Needed – contact MEP’s before Wednesday 5 February 2014

Reporter Antoine, Friends of the Earth Europe

Letter to MEPs_shale gas (and also below)
contact ROI MEP’s

emer.costello@europarl.europa.eu; gay.mitchell@europarl.europa.eu; paul.murphy@europarl.europa.eu; liam.aylward@europarl.europa.eu; nessa.childers@europarl.europa.eu; mairead.mcguinness@europarl.europa.eu; brian.crowley@europarl.europa.eu; seankellymep@gmail.com; phil.prendergast@europarl.europa.eu; patthecope.gallagher@europarl.europa.eu; marian.harkin@europarl.europa.eu; jim.higgins@europarl.europa.eu
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While we’re still waiting for some more news about the potential new fracking amendment before the final EIA vote, we received end of last week some interesting news on another file which wasn’t up to now directly related to unconventional fossil fuels.

The European Parliament has been debating over the past few months on an opinion report regarding the “2030 framework for climate and energy policies. The document will give the official position of the EP regarding the objectives we should be targeting for 2030 and the way we should use to reach these objectives. This is a Own-initiative Procedure, just for the two shale gas reports which were voted end of 2012. This means that it is non-binding but that it should seriously taken in consideration by the European Commission for its future legislative developments related to 2030 climate and energy policies.
I won’t bother you with the details, but the heart of the debate has consisted in agreeing on the types of objectives to be reached by 2030 (in particular in terms of carbon emissions, renewables’ development and energy efficiency policies).

The Plenary vote will take place Wednesday this week, however, on Friday last week, a sufficient number of MEPs managed to include one amendment (Amendment n°27) directly related to shale gas:

On the basis of the precautionary principle and taking into account the risks and the negative climate, environmental and health impacts involved in unconventional hydrocarbon exploration and extraction (e.g. of shale gas), and the gaps identified in the EU regulatory regime for such activities which the Commission has yielded to pressure not to regulate on, urges local and regional authorities not to authorise any unconventional hydrocarbon exploration or extraction operations in the EU, and urges Member States to refrain from preventing such decisions”(emphasis added).

This is a really good and completely unexpected addition that we need to support as strongly as we can. However, as the vote is in two days, it means we need to urgently start contacting our MEPs. I know the recent mobilisations at the EU level haven’t been particularly successful, but this is a long fight that requires a sincere stubbornness, especially after the disappointing results of the European Commission.

You will find below a draft that you can use to contact your MEPs
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Dear MEPs,

On Wednesday 5 February, you will vote on the Delvaux/Szymanski report on the 2030 climate and energy package. In this context, we ask you to support

  • amendment 27 which urges local and regional authorities not to authorise fracking
  • three binding targets on energy efficiency, renewables and greenhouse gas emissions (paragraph 4 of the original Delvaux/Szymanski report)

And we ask you to reject: Amendments 6 and 14

 

Amendment 27 reads:

“On the basis of the precautionary principle and taking into account the risks and the negative climate, environmental and health impacts involved in unconventional hydrocarbon exploration and extraction (e.g. of shale gas), and the gaps identified in the EU regulatory regime for such activities which the Commission has yielded to pressure not to regulate on, urges local and regional authorities not to authorise any unconventional hydrocarbon exploration or extraction operations in the EU, and urges Member States to refrain from preventing such decisions(emphasis added)

Going hand in hand with our opposition to shale gas and other fossil fuel extraction is a desire to see Europe to make significant energy savings, and for there to be a greater percentage of renewables in Europe’s energy supply. This is why we, as citizens, ask you to support three binding targets on energy efficiency, renewables and greenhouse gas emissions (paragraph 4 of the original Delvaux/Szymanski report) and ask you to reject amendments 6 and 14 which represent a backtrack of our current energy policy.

Europe deserves a clean and green future, not the damaging and polluting fuels of the past.

Best regards,


To all campaigners!
After our amazing battle to win support for Amendment 126 in the European Parliament, the ‘war’ continues. (see:Take atcion: http://frackingfreeireland.org/fracking-free-europe/take-action/ and http://frackingfreeireland.org/politics-related-info/europe/

Send a letter to our minister, Phil Hogan. phil.hogan@oireachtas.ie
A sample email and letter you will find below
The Parliament, Commission and Member States are negotiating in ‘Trialogue’ talks about the final texts.
The Council’s stated position is that the proposal to have mandatory EIAs for all unconventional exploration and extraction is “not acceptable”.
We want to inform our respective Environment Ministers AS SOON AS POSSIBLE that we expect them to support the proposal of the Parliament.
Here is the agenda of their next meetings. As you can see, things are moving quickly.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT ­– CALENDAR OF NEGOTIATIONS

Meeting Date Time Location
1st trilogue Tuesday 5 November 18:30-21:00 EP
1st technical meeting Monday 11 November 14:30-17:30 EP
2nd trilogue Tuesday 26 November 15:00-18:30 Council
2nd technical meeting Thursday 5 December 10:00-13:00 EP
3rd trilogue tbc* tbc tbc
*The 3rd trilogue will take place in week 50 or 51 (to be confirmed soon).
Here is a template letter Letter EIA Trialogue_FINAL that you can send to your Environment Minister. (DON’T FORGET TO SIGN IT AND fill in/reduce the x mark in the text!)
It outlines some of our key concerns and dismisses the ‘cost’ objections to have an EIA.
Please (translate and) distribute this letter widely to your national officials, including your national diplomats that deal with environmental issues in your Permanent Representation. You can find the right person and their address on this website: http://europa.eu/whoiswho/public/index.cfm?fuseaction=idea.hierarchy&nodeID=3780&lang=en
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Dear Minister Hogan,

I understand that after the vote on the EIA directive at the European Parliament, the Parliament, Commission and Member States are now negotiating in ‘Trialogue’ talks about the final texts.

The Council’s stated position is that the proposal to have mandatory EIAs for all unconventional exploration and extraction is “not acceptable”.

I would like to inform you that I expect you to support the proposal of the Parliament.

Please find attached a letter which outlines some of my key concerns and dismisses the ‘cost’ objections to have an EIA.

Yours sincerely,
Name and Town
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You can also send this letter to:

Permanent Representation of Ireland

http://europa.eu/whoiswho/public/index.cfm?fuseaction=idea.hierarchy&nodeID=4251&lang=en

Rue Froissart 50/Froissartstraat 50
1040 Bruxelles/Brussel
Belgique
Tel: +32 22308580
Fax: +32 22303203
Email: irlprb@dfa.ie
Internet: http://www.irelandrepbrussels.be


KORBACH RESOLUTION

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


hall of name and shameFracking Free Ireland – Brussels is back in action for a few days, as we have some unfinished business to attend to – namely shaming all those MEPs – of ALL political persuasions – who voted against mandatory EIAs last week.

 

 

sean and mairead

 

 

email: seankellymep@gmail.com | twitter: @SeanKellyMEP

email:mairead.mcguinness@europarl.europa.eu|twitter: @MaireadMcGMEP

NAME and SHAME – Ireland’s fracked up MEPs!

16 October 2013 at 17:18

At the EIA vote on October 9, two Irish MEPs – Seán Kelly and Mairead McGuinness (both Fine Gael/European People’s Party) – voted against mandatory EIAs! Along with the other two Fine Gael MEPs, they also voted against a moratorium on fracking last year. Let’s act like responsible, active citizens and hold them to account for their actions!

Seán Kelly (Ireland South)
Quote at European Parliament shale gas debate, November 2012: “It’s a matter for Member States. We have to allow for research, we have to allow for development.”
yet he’s not too concerned about impacts of fracking in Clare, just over the border from his home county Kerry, where some 495 km2 (122,317 acres) of land is licenced for fracking by Enegi Oil.

Let’s ask him why!
email: seankellymep@gmail.com | twitter: @SeanKellyMEP

Mairead McGuinness (Ireland East)
According to her website, one of Mairead’s priorities is the environment. in particular tackling the challenge of biodiversity loss and its link with climate change; protecting and defending EU standards of food safety and production in the EU; and the implementation of crucial legislation on chemicals in the EU (REACH).yet she’s not too concerned about the impacts of fracking on any of these!

Let’s ask her why!
email: mairead.mcguinness@europarl.europa.eu |twitter: @MaireadMcGMEP


PLENARY VOTE ON THE EIA DIRECTIVE 

picutre 2 9 oct

Picture you can send to your MEP’s https://www.foeeurope.org/media/3236

Letter to send to your MEP incl. English picture
Libre office doc, odt:  EIA vote 9 Oct 2013 ENGLISH PICTURE
WORD Doc. 2013.10_email_action_eia_plenary_vote_oct_2013_final ENGLISH PICTURE
PDF (from libre office) – EIA vote 9 Oct 2013 ENGLISH PICTURE
PDF (from word doc.) – 2013.10_email_action_eia_plenary_vote_oct_2013_final E

ROI mep’S
emer.costello@europarl.europa.eu; gay.mitchell@europarl.europa.eu; paul.murphy@europarl.europa.eu; liam.aylward@europarl.europa.eu; nessa.childers@europarl.europa.eu; mairead.mcguinness@europarl.europa.eu; brian.crowley@europarl.europa.eu; seankellymep@gmail.com; phil.prendergast@europarl.europa.eu; patthecope.gallagher@europarl.europa.eu; marian.harkin@europarl.europa.eu; jim.higgins@europarl.europa.eu
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I know this email is coming a bit late but we are finally able to send you information about the final plenary vote on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive. You may remember that the vote was supposed to take place last month but the European Parliament decided to postpone the vote to October.

Therefore, we need to contact again our MEPs just like we did a month ago, with some very small adjustments as new developments have happened that we need to address.

  • The vote will be on Wednesday 9th of October, at 11.30.
  • We need to call MEPs to support the amendments 31, 54 and 79, but we also need to ask MEPs to reject new amendments (n° 112 and 115) tabled by pro-shale gas MEPs aiming at undermining the amendment 79.

These new really bad amendments (which are taking out the reference to exploration and reintroducing the daily production threshold of 500.000m3 of gas) pushed me and Geert to make slight adjustments to the email action that we suggested last month. You will see that we extended the picture to explain why the reference to exploration and why no reference to a daily production threshold are really needed.

Therefore you can find below links to a template letter, to a list of MEPs, and to pictures translated in 10 different languages. But as usual, you are free to translate and adapt the letter according to your needs, priorities and positions. What we really need is that:

  • You contact your MEPs to share this message and the voting recommendations,
  • You spread the word around you: The more messages MEPs will receive from concerned citizens and groups of mobilisation, the better.

Therefore, here are links to:

If you have any question, remark or feedback from MEPs, please let me and Geert know about it. Please contact us separately in order not to overwhelm the listserves too much.

Many thanks in advance for your crucial help,

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
antoine.simon@foeeurope.org
Skype: antoine.foee

www.foeeurope.org
www.facebook.com/FoEEurope
www.twitter.com/foeeurope

(incl. Korbach Resolution)- 8 OCTOBER 2013

Large Template letter – full of background info.
(see also Fracking Matters Newsletter 33-13 (123)

Letter 8 oct. word doc
Microsoft Word – Letter 8 oct. pdf

go mad
Send the short email below and follow up by a phone call or a meeting if the MEP turns out to be pro-fracking.
For anyone who needs further information to meet their MEP, I made this document available on Google drive: http://bit.ly/16NQKQx
Anyone with the link can access the document.
 

MESSAGE TO CIRCULATE FOR EIA VOTE

* Have your say on fracking *On October 8, a very important vote will take place in the European Parliament. ALL 766 MEPs will vote on a report (the Zanoni report) about environmental impact assessments (EIAs).There are two amendments in particular in this report that the frackers and their lobbyists do NOT want passed. These are amendments 31 & 79. These two amendments call for MANDATORY ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENTS for BOTH the EXPLORATION and PRODUCTION phases for ALL fracking projects. We need a majority of MEPs to vote in favour of these two amendments in order to win against the fracking industry.Please take a minute to email your MEP now (below is a template you can use) to ask if they will support amendments 31 and 79 and ask if they will reject amendment 112, which is a tricky new amendment tabled by the centre-right. Essentially, amendment 112 excludes exploration phase from mandatory EIAs, which is not what we want! You can read the full text of the amendments and the report that MEPs will vote on at http://bit.ly/1gVFFSd. If you require any further explanation of these amendments, please ask.

If your MEP refuses to respect our requests, then please (you are within your rights to) ask to meet with them when they visit their constituency this weekend or next, or if this is not possible for either party, you can also phone. You can, of course, tell them you will not be re-electing them at next May’s elections if they do not respect our requests for this vote.

If your MEP is unable to meet you and asks that your concerns be addressed in writing instead, then please email Friends of the Earth Europe (antoine.simon@foeeurope.org) or Food & Water Europe (gdecock@fweurope.org) to request a detailed template letter, which you are free to adapt as you see fit.

Further information about this vote, including information about the fracking industry’s dirty lobbying to fight against mandatory EIAs at exploration stage, can be found at:
https://www.facebook.com/events/395215433934342/?fref=ts

* EMAIL TO SEND YOUR MEP *
Re: Oct. 8 vote on Zanoni report: Please support crucial amendments 31 and 79 & reject amendment 112

Dear… (MEP NAME),

I write to ask if you will support amendments 31 and 79 in the Zanoni report which call for mandatory EIAs to be carried out for both the exploration and production phases of all unconventional fossil fuel projects. I would also like to request that you reject amendment 112 which excludes exploration phase from mandatory EIAs.

This is something I feel very strongly about and effectively you will no longer represent me in Europe if you do not respect my requests above.

Thank you in anticipation.

Yours sincerely,
(YOUR NAME & FULL ADDRESS)

Contact details MEP’s (incl. tel numbers: http://www.europarl.ie/en/Your_MEPs.html;jsessionid=51A57B9C2032461FF8228C1C22D2134A

emer.costello@europarl.europa.eu; gay.mitchell@europarl.europa.eu; paul.murphy@europarl.europa.eu; liam.aylward@europarl.europa.eu; nessa.childers@europarl.europa.eu; mairead.mcguinness@europarl.europa.eu; brian.crowley@europarl.europa.eu; seankellymep@gmail.com; phil.prendergast@europarl.europa.eu; patthecope.gallagher@europarl.europa.eu; marian.harkin@europarl.europa.eu; jim.higgins@europarl.europa.eu

Please send a personal email to every MEP!
5 or more email addresses in one email will considered as spam (by a software programme) and will not reach our mep’s

and follow up by a telephone call

Vote is postponed until 8 October session, debate on the day before

No roll call vote, so we do not know who voted in favour of this.

The OGP has asked MEPs to differentiate in the legislation between requirements for exploration and those for production, so that full environmental studies would only be carried our once a project’s potential has been confirmed.’

Why has the vote been postponed? The vote has been postponed mainly due to pressure from the right-wing European Peoples Party group who, in turn, are being lobbied heavily by the gas industry. This group has also put down new amendments which we need to persuade our MEPs to reject.

Template letter
Dear MEP,


I urge you to support​ amendments 31 & 79 guaranteeing mandatory Environmental Impact Assessments for all stages of unconventional fossil fuel projects and to reject the new amendment introduced by the EPP group, amendment 112.

This amendment drops the exploration part (an essential point from our point of view, but keeps the current text of the amendment. And adds the old threshold of 500.000 cubic metres from the Annex I of the EIA Directive. Essentially, it adds unconventional oil and gas to the Annex I, but de facto keeps it by adding the threshold. Changing the law to keep the current legal situation.

Here is the text amendment 112:

“14a. Extraction for commercial purposes of crude oil and/or natural gas trapped in gas-bearing strata of shale or in other sedimentary rock formations of equal or lesser permeability and porosity, where the amount extracted exceeds 500 tonnes/day or 500 000 cubic metres/day.

14b. Extraction of natural gas from coal beds, where the amount exceeds 500 000 cubic metres/day, excluding the extraction for safety reasons.

Please keep me updated on how you voted


11 Sept 2013  Plenary Vote – new amendments 112 by EEP – voting postponed

Lobby your MEP’s to vote AGAINST  amendment 112

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Good morning and greetings from Strasbourg,

 The vote on the EIA Directive might be delayed until tomorrow, but things are very much up in the air. Could still be today.
 The EPP has tabled new amendments, in particular amendment 112 (available here/ look for Zanoni report . document 109-113).
This amendment drops the exploration part (an essential point from our point of view, but keeps the current text of the amendment. And adds the old threshold of 500.000 cubic metres from the Annex I of the EIA Directive. Essentially, it adds unconventional oil and gas to the Annex I, but de facto keeps it by adding the threshold. Changing the law to keep the current legal situation. MEPs who do not follow this file might be fooled by this tactic!
PLEASE CONTACT YOUR MEP AND TELL THEM TO VOTE IN FAVOUR OF ARTICLE 31 AND 79 AND AGAINST 112
Here is the text amendment 112:

“14a. Extraction for commercial purposes  of crude oil and/or natural gas trapped in gas-bearing strata of shale or in other sedimentary rock formations of equal or lesser permeability and porosity,  where the amount extracted exceeds 500 tonnes/day or 500 000 cubic metres/day.

 14b. Extraction of natural gas from coal beds, where the amount exceeds 500 000 cubic metres/day, excluding the extraction for safety reasons.

 

If you happen to contact your MEPs on this, focus on the EPP and ALDE members. Their voting list will support amendment 112.
The other groups (S&D, GUE and Green) will support the current report, as voted in the ENVI Committee. So, no need to waste time on them.

 

Geert Decock
Policy Officer – Food & Water Europe
Tel: +32 (0)2 893 10 45
Mobile: +32 (0)484 629 491

 

Dear friends, dear colleagues,

No time to rest !
I really wanted to first take some time to report about what happened during the last two days in Brussels (for those who sadly couldn’t join us) and to thank you all for the great time spent here, but much more urgent matters force me to postpone a bit this review as we’ve just received all the details we were waiting for about the plenary vote on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive.

After the vote in July, the Plenary Assembly of the European Parliament will make its final vote on the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive on Wednesday, September 11.
Just like it happened in July for the committee vote, we need you more than ever to convince your respective MEPs and call them to support the amendments including the unconventional fossil fuels in the Directive in order to make sure that EIA would be mandatory and systematic before the beginning of any new drilling operation.

Together with Geert de Cock, we prepared an MEPs list, a letter template and pictures we would like you to start sending to your MEPs from Monday next week, you can find them enclosed:

  • The letter template is an adaptation of the letter we asked you to send to your MEPs on July and explains why we want to include these specificities in the Directive.
  • The picture is a much more simple version of the letter, giving MEPs our voting recommendations in a very simple, clear and straight-forward manner. Thanks to some of you, we have it translated in 11 different languages (let me know if you would like having it translated in a missing language).
  • The excel table includes the contact details of the 766 MEPs. Those marked in green are MEPs members of parliamentary committees which have already worked on the shale gas issue and are therefore MEPs who know about shale gas debate and controversies.

The concept of the action is pretty simple. If you accept it, we are asking to:

IRISH MEP’S

LARGE LETTER TO: Nessa Childers and Marian Harkin, because they  know about shale gas,  [2013.09]_Letter to MEPs EIA Dir Plenary vote_Sept 2013_FINAL ENGLISH

PICTURE ACTION LETTER TO: Emer Costello, Gay Mitchell, Paul Murphy, Liam Aylward, Mairead Mcguinness,Brian Crowley, Sean Kelly, Phil Prendergast, Pat the CopeGallagher,  Jim Higgins [2013.09]_Picture action for EIA Dir Plenary vote_Sept 2013_FINAL ENGLISH

emer.costello@europarl.europa.eu; gay.mitchell@europarl.europa.eu; paul.murphy@europarl.europa.eu; liam.aylward@europarl.europa.eu; nessa.childers@europarl.europa.eu; mairead.mcguinness@europarl.europa.eu; brian.crowley@europarl.europa.eu; seankellymep@gmail.com; phil.prendergast@europarl.europa.eu; patthecope.gallagher@europarl.europa.eu;  marian.harkin@europarl.europa.eu; jim.higgins@europarl.europa.eu

Download the letter, fill in the name of the Mep, sign at the bottom and send!

Please note: do not send more than 5 emails together to the EP, if you send more it will be seen as spam and will never reach our MEP’s!!

The difference is important: As the letter is almost two-page long, we know by experience that MEPs who have to vote on issues they are not familiar with almost never read this kind of advocacy document. If the first thing they see is almost only a picture with 4 sentences giving clear and simple recommendations, we have much higher chance that they take it in consideration.
However, if you contact MEPs who already know about shale gas issue, they might want to have more explanation, that’s why the letter format is more appropriate.

Don’t waste your time with the Greens, they are already convinced. Don’t waste your time either with the far right wing MEPs (ECR and EFD), they are already massively opposed to the amendments. We need you to heavily lobby the EPP, ALDE and S&D MEPs. The battle is not going to be easy as we know many EPP MEPs will try to change the amendment 79. The more emails these guys will receive from you, the better. So, please spread the word, ask your network to widely participate and call your MEPs if need be (they will be in Strasbourg next week, their number is also in the excel sheet).

And if you have questions, doubts or issues with this action, please let me and/or Geert know (please try not to over-use the listserve, so contact us only).

Looking forward to hearing and reading from you,

Antoine Simon
Economic Justice Programme
Extractive Industries Campaigner

Friends of the Earth Europe
TEL: +32 2 893 1018

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Dear all,

This emails follow my previous message about the vote in the European Parliament’s Environment Committee on July 11, where MEPs approved (51 in favour – 18 against) an amendment that will require mandatory environmental impact assessments for unconventional fuel activities (i.e shale & tight gas as well as coal bed methane).
The Plenary session of the Parliament will need to confirm this vote of its Environment Committee, before the Parliament can start negotiations with the EU Member States on this issue. This crucial vote will take place in Strasbourg in the week of September 9-11.
So, we won a battle,  but we must keep working to convince as many Members of the European Parliament to vote in favour of this amendment. In particular, members of the European People’s Party fraction need to hear from us. So, the French UMP, the German
So, please start contacting your MEPs and ask them to vote in favour of Amendments 31 and 79 in the September vote (See the attached document on p. 21 & 59).
Antoine SImon (FOEE) and I will write another template letter that you can send to your MEPs. As soon as we receive further, we will let you know.
Cheers,

Geert Decock


MEP LOBBYING SUCCESFULL!

Dear ant-fracking activists,
Your efforts paid off!

51 MEPs in the Parliament’s Environment Committee endorsed an amendment to require a mandatory EIA for ALL shale gas drilling, both in the exploration and extraction phase. 18 MEPs voted against.

The European Conservative fraction ECR tried to delete the requirement to do an EIA in the exploration stage and also eliminate the words “regardless of the amount extracted”. But their efforts failed to win support.
The socialist S&D, Green, liberal ALDE and all left-wing GUE members voted as a block in favour. Those are about 35 MEPs in favour, but we must have been able to win over more than 15 EPP MEPs. Which was beyond our wildest expectations � I expected at most 3 EPP ‘defectors’.

It would be great to find out which EPP members supported this amendment. Let me know, if and when you receive feedback from your respective MEPs.

This is a boost of confidence for our ability to mobilize and lobby MEPs on shale gas. Thanks so much for all your efforts.

There will be a vote in Plenary to confirm this result � no date scheduled yet.

While this vote does not ban shale gas and fracking from Europe, it could be a first step towards giving a powerful tool to raise awareness about the risks involved in shale gas fracking.

Geert Decock
Policy Officer – Food & Water Europe

Dear ant-fracking activists, Your efforts paid off! 51 MEPs in the Parliament’s Environment Committee endorsed an amendment to require a mandatory EIA for ALL shale gas drilling, both in the exploration and extraction phase. 18 MEPs voted against. The European Conservative fraction ECR tried to delete the requirement to do an EIA in the exploration stage and also eliminate the words “regardless of the amount extracted”. But their efforts failed to win support. The socialist S&D, Green, liberal ALDE and all left-wing GUE members voted as a block in favour. Those are about 35 MEPs in favour, but we must have been able to win over more than 15 EPP MEPs. Which was beyond our wildest expectations � I expected at most 3 EPP ‘defectors’. It would be great to find out which EPP members supported this amendment. Let me know, if and when you receive feedback from your respective MEPs. This is a boost of confidence for our ability to mobilize and lobby MEPs on shale gas. Thanks so much for all your efforts. There will be a vote in Plenary to confirm this result � no date scheduled yet. While this vote does not ban shale gas and fracking from Europe, it could be a first step towards giving a powerful tool to raise awareness about the risks involved in shale gas fracking. Cheers, G Geert Decock Policy Officer – Food & Water Europe Email: gdecock@fweurope.org Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @FoodWaterEurope Website: http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/europe/” target=”_blank”>gdecock@fweurope.org
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @FoodWaterEurope
Website: http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/europe/
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Lobby our ENVI MEP’s – Review of the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive befor 11 July!!
More http://frackingfreeireland.org/campaign-news/take-action/

<strong>MEP LOBBYING SUCCESFULL!</strong>

Dear ant-fracking activists,
<strong>Your efforts paid off!</strong>

51 MEPs in the Parliament’s Environment Committee endorsed an amendment to require a mandatory EIA for ALL shale gas drilling, both in the exploration and extraction phase. 18 MEPs voted against.

The European Conservative fraction ECR tried to delete the requirement to do an EIA in the exploration stage and also eliminate the words “regardless of the amount extracted”. But their efforts failed to win support.
The socialist S&amp;D, Green, liberal ALDE and all left-wing GUE members voted as a block in favour. Those are about 35 MEPs in favour, but we must have been able to win over more than 15 EPP MEPs. Which was beyond our wildest expectations � I expected at most 3 EPP ‘defectors’.

It would be great to find out which EPP members supported this amendment. Let me know, if and when you receive feedback from your respective MEPs.

This is a boost of confidence for our ability to mobilize and lobby MEPs on shale gas. Thanks so much for all your efforts.

There will be a vote in Plenary to confirm this result � no date scheduled yet.

While this vote does not ban shale gas and fracking from Europe, it could be a first step towards giving a powerful tool to raise awareness about the risks involved in shale gas fracking.

Geert Decock
Policy Officer – Food &amp; Water Europe