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Europe seen paying twice as much to replace Russian gas
“Europe’s natural gas prices would have to double to lure enough cargoes from the global
market to replace Russian supplies, adding to the challenges of decreasing the region’s
dependence on its neighbor.
“Neither Polish shale gas, or shale gas anywhere else in Europe, nor anything else can be a
game changer which will make any immediate and significant difference,” Stern said. …”
Comment by a campaigner in Brussels
Our worst nightmare will come true on January 22 when the Commission announces non-binding guidelines for fracking. This is basically a big green light for the industry – exactly what they and some Member States have been lobbying for. This is why the local fight is so important – at EU level our influence just isn’t powerful enough!
“This is obviously a very disappointing and alarming proposal,” said Antoine Simon, shale-gas campaigner for Friends of the Earth Europe. “European politicians are turning a blind eye to the dangerous realities of shale-gas expansion.”
Big EU guns fire for ‘crucial’ 2030 renewable targets – http://www.euractiv.com/energy/big-eu-guns-fire-crucial-2030-re-news-532608?utm_source=EurActiv+Newsletter&utm_campaign=4c3b3d1c94-newsletter_daily_update&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bab5f0ea4e-4c3b3d1c94-245740849
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Earthquakes due to CONVENTIONAL gas extraction.
Earthquakes from onshore gas drilling –
The earth moves in Holland due to gas quakes
This article is not correct. The earthquakes are NOT caused by fracking.
Netherlands slashes gas production after quake protests – http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gt2QJhJ2lulTsaqKaM5y2E2uXqbQ?docId=85cafd32-8437-4fbe-b7df-9248f8f1337d
Reporter Ko van Huissteden:
The quakes are caused by compaction of the sandstone from which the gas is
withdrawn, causing mavements along fault planes in the gas reservoir A
lighter form of fracking (well stimulation) has been done in this gas
reservoir but that is not the cause of the quakes – it is the high rate of
gas extraction that causes the quakes.
A much more interesting detail is that the Dutch government does not
listen to its own mining safety advisor, Staatstoezicht op de Mijnen. This
has never been mentioned in the international press.
This mining inspection has advised for a much larger production cut in the
Groningen gas field than the measures that have been taken recently. The
mining inspection also has to advise on the safety of shale gas extraction
– but very obviously its advise can be shoved aside for short-term
Groningers betalen zelf mee aan compensatie schade –http://www.rtvnoord.nl/artikel/artikel.asp?p=128522
Dossier aardbevingen – http://www.rtvnoord.nl/index/index.asp?q=dossieraardschok
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Will Germany Ban Fracking? + brief overview of German Fracking situation
Schlimmer als Fracking
from the german pirate party’s mailinglist concerning energy politics.
The text reads:
Now companies in several countries are planning to burn coal deposits in
the underground to produce methan:
I sometimes get the impression there are people whose life consists of
developing the most destructive ideas possible and than to realize the
idioty. Time has come to find an other habitable planet, I want to
emigrate to some place where this kind of morons don’t are.
Jetzt wollen in diversen Ländern Unternehmen Kohlevorkommen im Boden abbrennen um Methan zu produzieren:
Manchmal habe ich den Eindruck es gibt Leute deren Lebensinhalt darin besteht die destruktivsten Ideen zu entwickeln die möglich sind und den Schwachsinn dann um zu setzen. Wird Zeit, dass wir einen anderen bewohnbaren Planeten finden, ich will irgendwo hin auswandern wo es solche Idioten nicht gibt.
The German Federal State of Baden-Württemberg (led by the Greens!!!!) has – shortly before Christmas – prolonged the concession for Parkyn Energy Ltd. (a daughter of 3Legs http://www.3legsresources.com/about-us/introduction/) for the exploration of shale gas in the Bodensee region (Lake Constance: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Constance).
Local NGO’s (BUND / Friends of the Earth) and Austrian officials are outraged. What makes the scandal even bigger is, that we’ve offered the Green-led government / environmental agency in Baden-Württemberg every legal option which exists in order to not prolong the concession. Nonetheless, they’ve refused to follow our legal opinion (a legal opinion which has led – unter a CDU/FDP-government in Hesse – to the first denial of an exploration license in Germany).
We have also warned the Green-led government in Baden-Württemberg, that 3Legs has announced officially, that the company will sell the concessions as soon as possible. And exactly this did happen now (see down below).
1. is a scandal because of the mysterious lack of power to act by the Greens in Baden-Württemberg;
2. shows us very clear the speculative financial side of the business (i.e. it is not always about the drilling itself but also about getting concessions for nothing and selling them for good money).
The Federal Labour Minister (for the environment) is against fracking
Bundesumweltministerin Barbara Hendricks (SPD) hat sich klar gegen die umstrittene Fracking-Methode zur Förderung von Schiefergas ausgesprochen. –
http://www.rp-online.de/politik/deutschland/barbara-hendricks-lehnt-fracking-ab-aid-1.3999813 (30 jAN)
“Bislang gibt es keine Technik, die Fracking ohne Chemikalien ermöglicht”, sagte Hendricks “Spiegel Online” in einem am Donnerstag veröffentlichten Interview. Die Regierungskoalition habe sich klar positioniert, dass sie den Einsatz von Chemikalien im Boden ablehnt. Mehr als wissenschaftlich fundierte Probebohrungen könne es nicht geben.
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France explores ‘clean’ shale gas extraction technique
LES TECHNIQUES ALTERNATIVES À LA FRACTURATION HYDRAULIQUE POUR L’EXPLORATION ET L’EXPLOITATION DES HYDROCARBURES NON CONVENTIONNELS
“However, fluoropropane is far from being a miracle gas. For now, it is banned in France just like any gas with a strong impact on the ozone layer, in accordance with the Montreal Convention.
Fluoropropane is also 320 times more harmful than CO2 for the greenhouse effect and its production also emits greenhouse gases. The chemical company Solvay that manufactures it for medical purposes knows the problem and has worked on the subject for a long time.”
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Catalonia had rejected the permits requested so far. Now it will approve a law to ban it
The law will forbid the municipalities to grant urban licenses for fracking practices that may have adverse environmental, landscape, geological or socioeconomic effects
Cataluña cambia la ley para prohibir el ‘fracking’
La Administración catalana no podrá otorgar los permisos urbanísticos para construir instalaciones de fracturación hidráulica
Dani Cordero Barcelona 31 ENE 2014 – EL PAIS
El fracking está prohibido en Cataluña. La oposición de la Generalitat a permitir esa polémica práctica extractiva de hidrocarburos es ley desde el pasado jueves, cuando se publicó la Ley de Acompañamiento de Presupuestos. Esta recoge una modificación de la normativa sobre urbanismo que señala que no está “permitido utilizar la tecnología de la fracturación hidráulica cuando pueda tener efectos negativos sobre las características geológicas, ambientales, paisajísticas o socioeconómicas”.
En la práctica, lo que ese cambio implica es que la Administración catalana no podrá otorgar los permisos urbanísticos para construir y poner en marcha en territorio catalán instalaciones con el objeto de utilizar esa técnica basada en la destrucción de la roca madre del suelo mediante la inyección a presión de agua y productos químicos.
Hasta ahora, la Generalitat ya había ido denegando una a una todas las peticiones de licencias para utilizar el fracking en subsuelo catalán, en algunos casos porque había expirado el calendario para presentar la documentación, pero quedaban algunos flecos pendientes. Sobre todo en cuatro zonas a caballo de Cataluña y Aragón donde el Ministerio de Industria había autorizado la exploración para conocer si se podía extraer gas o petróleo del subsuelo. Aunque los resultados fueran positivos, sería imposible llevarlas a cabo, a no ser que las instalaciones se sitúen completamente en territorio aragonés. “En Cataluña está totalmente prohibida”, confirmó ayer el secretario de Empresa y Competitividad de la Generalitat, Pere Torres.
La decisión de la Administración, no obstante, no descansa sobre argumentos medioambientales. Reside en un estudio del Gobierno catalán que concluye que la fractura hidráulica apenas permitiría aflorar el equivalente a 0,7 años del consumo de gas de la comunidad. Ante esas expectativas, el documento apostaba por dar carpetazo para evitar los “costes sociales” causados por los movimientos opositores
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We, that is the group AMFÖ in Sweden, we are at the moment fighting against drilling for gas on the Island of Oland in Sweden. If it would proceed it would be devastating for our Island and our drinking water, not to mention our farming and tourist industry. Basically we get 600 mm of rain water a year, 500 mm just go back to the sea, and the rest, 100 mm, is what will stay and be our groundwater, that we rely on, and to further explain the situation, our fresh groundwater is often actualy floating on saltwater, so we cant drill deeper to reach other sources of freshwater.
AMFÖ (Aktionsgruppen Mot Fossilgasutvinning på Öland) means Action group Against Fossil gas development on Öland.
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Miljøklagenævnet (a committee for environmental complaints) has granted an objection from NOS against the decision of Frederikshavn town council from June to allow the french company “Total” drilling for water.
NOS = Netværk til oplysning om skifergas, network for information on shale gas.
The committee found the basics for the permission too thin and has sent it back for new decision, which will take the council quite a few months.
Now Total must not drill the two holes for water which are necessary in connection to the real test drillings later.
An announced protest camp in northern Jutland is now cancelled, which is quite a pity, since the camp should take place quite close to the drilling sites and Jutes are creative people
I must confess I find it astonishing that a country like Denmark would allow itself to be fracked with all the risks to public health and the environment. Even after Rasmussen’s (very hard in English so I shorten to Rambo) remarks I am still amazed. We look over to Denmark and think of it as a more idealic society with fantastic social health care and schooling etc. etc. Maybe we are just looking through viking tinted spectacles. I would have though the people would rise up against this there and would not accept it for one moment – a French company coming over and destroying Denmark whilst it is banned from doing so in its own country! Total are doing wonders for Anglo French relations. There have always been so great anyway as we all know and now – they are reaching new heights (sorry depths) with Total’s expansionist shale gas colonisation of Europe
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Polish shale gas –
That situation simply confirms what many experts have been announcing since almost the beginning: The Polish political will to develop this industry has been well beyond the technical and inherent capacities of development: Tusk can change all the officials he wants, it will never change the quality of the geology, never change the national lack of technical skills, never change the population density issue.
The only contradiction in that story is the fact that Polish officials refuse to see what the shale gas story in their country really is: A dead body.
Remember that after 2 years of exploration, they have “only” been able to drill around 50 wells, and the most successful one only produces 8.000 cubic meter of gas per day (on average, at the beginning of the production, US shale gas wells produce 250.000 cubic meter of gas).
Who knows, maybe they’re gonna find one offshore sweet spot, or a couple of ones onshore, buts it’s simply never gonna be this success Polish officials have been announcing for a while.
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” I think that the next 5 years will be a time when you will start taking advantage of what you have, but this won’t happen overnight. I don’t believe your politicians will allow this opportunity to get lost along the way. When the electorate and the citizens will understand what it is all about, and the question here needs a lot of education, they will be supportive of the companies and the government who wants to transform Romania into an energy powrr. This is your main advantage – the energy sector.
“Scientists speak: Romanian politicians close their ears!Debate without authority – Discussion on the effect of hydraulic fracturing on human health and the environment, held yesterday at the Business Center Vaslui was not honored by county and local authorities, although they were specifically invited. Sandra Steingraber spoke nearly two hours, presenting the scientific evidence gathered by the scientific community in the U.S. for several years, since shale gas drilling companies began to operate in the USA. Perhaps the hardest evidence presented is that the fracturing fluid cannot be treated (cleaned). In the U.S., this is the biggest problem of those from Chevron who seek all sorts of solutions to get rid of these toxic substances. Here in Romania, experts from the Environment said that they can purify. Sandra Steingraber said the only solution would be distillation of the liquid, but the method is very costly.”
I am really very sad, remembering that in February 2013, when Chevron organized a presentation in the same place, the local representatives came and listened to their lies, being invited by the president of the county council. I believe now that they are afraid of the power of the main Party and cowardly missed the conference held by Dr. Sandra Steingraber.
“The situation in Pungesti where the first drilling rig was installed for exploration and exploitation of shale gas was tense again. Tonight in the village was present Dr. Sandra Steingraber from U.S.A. She has presented a brief history of villagers’ unhappy experiences with shale gas extraction based on the method of hydraulic fracturing. After consulting with the villagers, the American biologist concluded that what happened in the U.S. happens in Romania: Chevron receiving servility from politicians and carrying out economic purposes despite the fact that this activity is bad for locals. After this meeting, Dr. Sandra Steingraber wanted to go to the area where the drilling rig is installed. At that time, the police blocked the road with fences. Approximately 50 villagers who were in the area tried to cross the fences but the “brave” gendarmes used tear gas in response, against villagers, mostly women and elders!”
With photos and movie
Dr. Sandra Steingraber is coming to Romania between June 9 and June 14! She will be meeting the Romanian activists against fracking, but also members of the Romanian Parliament, Health and Environment specialists and mainstream media. She will also be visiting the sites prepared for fracking. We are happy and honored to welcome The Lady of New Yorkers Against Fracking.
Her first interview at an important Romanian TV channel FRACTURAREA HIDRAULICĂ UCIDE! Interviu tulburător cu un cunoscut BIOLOG AMERICAN
FRACTURAREA HIDRAULICĂ UCIDE! Interviu tulburăt…Avem dovezi că fracturarea hidraulică provoacă probleme atât pentru mediu, cât şi pentru sănătatea localnicilor”. Este mesajul biologului american, Sandr…
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Last week another strong activist against fracking, Debra Winger, came to Romania at TTIF Cluj (movie festival) where she firmly stated that we need to stay away from fracking.
TIFF 2014: Debra Winger: Aveţi o problemă serioasă în România cu exploatarea gazelor de şist
TIFF 2014: Debra Winger: Aveţi o problemă serioasă în Ro…Declaraţie surpriză a acestei actriţe de Oscar în România
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Main stream media cannot ignore their position and opinion anymore.
Meanwhile, three USA senators came to Romania and advised us to extract shale gas as a solution for the UE energy independence vs Russian gas.
Independenţa energetică, lupta împotriva coruţiei şi desemnarea ambasadorului SUA, discutate de trei senatori americani prezenţi la Bucureşti
A freshly made reportage about the antifracking fight in Romania. It starts in Mosna and goes all the way to last week’s protests in Pungesti. http://www.channel4.com/news/fracking-romania-protests-pungesti-chevron-victor-ponta
Earthquakes and poisoned wells are setting off a revolt against fracking in Romania, revealing deep fault lines between the rural heartlands and the urban political elite. Jim Wickens & Paraic O’Brien report on a country at war with itself.
also, sinkholes as a side report, but which is linked and is actually
reported on in the Romania report above.
Protest against fracking in a village in Western Romania
On Sunday 16th February, it was another antifracking protest day. In the village of Macea, Arad County, Westernmost Romania, close to the Hungarian Border, around 1000 locals gathered to protest against the fracking projects there.
It is the second protest in the area since end of February 2014, when the Hungarian Company, Panfora Oil has announced it will start searching for oil and gas in the area around the town Curtici, famous for its agricultural hinterland. Even though the company is taking the denial strategy, like most do right now in Romania, people know so well they are not looking for conventional gas, but for unconventional and won’t let themselves fooled by the declarations of the authorities and of the companies.
”We will protest, we will gather signatures together with the citizens in all the villages and we will hand them in to the Government because many laws were changed and we hope the law (on oil and gas) will be modified too)”, so the mayor of Macea municipality.
Like the protest in the nearby town of Curtici two weeks ago, also this time in the rally took part ALL the mayors of the 12 towns and municipalities in the affected perimeter. The people are decided not to give up farming and say they will let no one approach their lands.
After the protests in Eastern Romania during the past 2 years, a new fortress of resistance, probably also better organised than the one in eastern Romania, is surfacing. The frackers will definitely have difficulties fracking eastermost and westernmost Romania, at least.
Even though constant riots keep happening, one just yesterday, similar to Pungesti.
Here is some news from Romania , and as you can read below, the situation hasn’t really improved.
The referendum against the mayor of Pungesti, blocked by the County Government in Vaslui.
As we have previously informed you, the people of Pungesti have collected more than 1000 signatures to make the mayor resign (out of a population of 3000 people). After a harsh process of checking the signatures, with the citizens from the list being asked to drop by the police (which is in the main village of the municipality of Pungesti, consisting of 9 villages, spread across more kilometers, thus making this very difficult and time-consuming), the County Government (The Prefectura) decided yesterday that the action of the citizens of Pungesti has no legal ground. The Pungesti inhabitants have maintained that the mayor did not represent their interests and will because he did not inform them about fracking and shale gas and also because he has leased his land to Chevron for the exploitation of shale gas (a very murky business, with a file still not opened by the Departement for Fighting Corruption, despite the collection of all the incriminating evidences). He was also accused of unsuitable attitude towards the citizens of Pungesti (he mocked the citizens of Pungesti and defied them, even beating a 12 years old boy on the Christmas day). The County Government, a institution run by one of the biggest Chevron lobby-ist, who has told in a press conference that “the villagers should drink vodka, if their water gets contaminated” and was always very aggressively silencing whatever voices speaking out against Chevron’s project, decided to refuse to recognise any type of civil rights to the people of Pungesti. The Prefecture has stated that it cannot be proved that the mayor did not pursue the interests of the citizens, as he was the one who initiated a project to ban fracking earlier in 2013, which was later on withdrew by the local council of Pungesti, as was attacked by same institution. The Prefect institution has challenged all the other decisions of local councils, around 20 of them, in the last months. Most of them were declared illegal by means of rulings of the court in Vaslui – it is the case of 10 municipalities of Vaslui. The explanation was that the State, therefore the Government decides regarding the natural resources, not the local community. Yet since december 2013, 4 communities in a row have gotten a different decision in court, stating that shale gas, since it is not listed among the resources owned by the state, (the central Government) in the Oil Law, governing the shale gas contracts, belong to the local communities, who therefore have the right to decide whether they will exploit them or not. The County Council has appealed these decisions in court and we are now expecting the decisions. We are well aware of the huge pressure on the judges in these cases, as a final decision favouring the local communities would imply, more or less, opening the door for basically all the communities in Romania to ask for a ban in their communities, given the fierce opposition of the Romanians towards fracking and unconventional fuel development.
With this undemocratic decision, the Prefecture is taking away the right of the citizens of Pungesti to hold a referendum and decide whether the mayor is still representing their interests or not. This situation is totally undemocratic and it goes against all civil rights of the Pungesti inhabitants. It is a very dangerous case that paves the way for the central government, represented by the Prefecture, to decide against the will of the citiznes who decide that mayors no longer represent their interests.
We are calling all the European institutions to take action of this totally undemocratic decision of the County Government of the county of Vaslui.
Romanian Villagers Report Shale Gas Nightmare
“In Romania, a village has already been destroyed by fracking. It was done all in secret and only the series of shallow earthquakes that started at the end of 2013 made us aware that there is something wrong there
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Good news from Austria !
“Umweltminister Andrä Rupprechter will mit seiner deutschen Amtskollegin Barbara Hendricks in der EU eine Initiative gegen Fracking starten. Notwendig seien auf jeden Fall Umweltverträglichkeitsprüfungen. Er selbst sei “selbstverständlich gegen Fracking”, so der Minister in den “Vorarlberger Nachrichten”. In Österreich sei kein Verbot nötig, weil er gegen Anträge Veto einlegen würde.”
translated by google translator :
“Environment Minister Andrae Rupprechter wantS to start with his German counterpart, Barbara Hendricks in the EU an initiative against fracking. Are needed, An environmental impact assessments in any case. He himself was “of course against fracking,” the minister said in the “News Vorarlberg”. In Austria no ban was necessary because he would appeal against requests with veto.”
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Exploration application process stopped in the Czech Republic the brand new Minister of the Environment of the Czech Republic, in his first week in the office, has stopped the application process for shale gas exploration in 1 of the 3 areas that had been previously
While the company has technically 2 weeks to appeal, it is unlikely they will and even if they do, their chances are small, as they have very little legal ground left and the political will seems to be shifting towards a longer-term approach.
With an unofficial moratorium till June 2014 (promised, but never enacted), there are only 2 areas of possible exploration left for unconventional and 1 for conventional (with high probability the company wants to flip the application to unconventional at the end of