French Parliament to Discuss Fracking Ban

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January 23rd, 2017 7:00am

French Parliament to Discuss Fracking Ban
http://www.naturalgasworld.com/french-parliament-to-discuss-new-fracking-ban-before-the-election-35498?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Natural%20Gas%20World%20Newsletter%20January%2023%202017&utm_content=Natural%20Gas%20World%20Newsletter%20January%2023%202017+CID_35e2ea6dae87222a3ee1504b59690f8b&utm_source=Campaign%20Monitor&utm_term=French%20Parliament%20to%20Discuss%20Fracking%20Ban

Just 100 days before the presidential election, the shale gas debate makes the headlines again in France, as parliament this week considers an amendment of the mining code to ban any development of non-conventional hydrocarbons by any technique.

The last time shale gas opponents strengthened the anti-fracking law was in 2011, when they banned hydraulic fracturing but allowed exploration for the purposes of scientific research or through potential alternative techniques.

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

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

Solidarity letter + signatories
English: France_AntiFrackingSolidarityLetter_Montelimar-Signatories

In December 2015 American firm Schuepach lost its legal action against the French state to be allowed to frack for shale in Southern France (http://www.naturalgaseurope.com/france-fracking-free-shale-gas-schuepbach).

Now, Total has put forward another legal action to regain its Montelimar license in the South of France. “The French major might regain the Montelimar permit by the end of January, depending on the outcome of a court case that has not just sparked an outcry among green activists – anti-fracking groups call for a protest on February 28 – but also brought the shale gas debate back into national news.”
http://www.naturalgaseurope.com/france-total-ceo-seeks-consensus-on-shale-gas-explorations-27694

French groups are calling now for protest on February 28.
“Environmental groups are calling for a demonstration on February 28 in Barjac, a small town in the department of Gard, one of the five departments covered by the Montélimar permit which could be re-awarded to Total by a French court, according to a statement from Stop Gaz de schiste”, the national coalition against fracking.”
http://www.naturalgaseurope.com/france-anti-fracking-groups-call-for-demonstration-on-february-28-27651

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

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https://www.facebook.com/britainandirelandfrackfree/photos/a.450730781619619.127432.412063865486311/1289760624383293/?type=3&theater

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“This past week, American firm Schuepbach lost its legal action against the French state to be allowed to frack for shale in Southern France.

The Texas-based oil company had sued the French state for years over the abrogation of two permits in Southern France–the licences of Nant and Villeneuve-de-Berg–which were granted before the country’s anti-fracking law passed in 2011. The permits were repealed soon after.

The administrative court of Cergy-Pontoise in the Paris area rejected the appeal of the American company on December 22, two weeks after the court heard the case

A campaigner comments:

and now we are waiting for the decision of the administrative court of Cergy-Pontoise for the firm Total which have deposed also a legal action to frack in Southern France, we’ll have it around the 15th of january
the drama is not over ….

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Ruling: France Will Remain Fracking Free

http://www.naturalgaseurope.com/france-fracking-free-shale-gas-schuepbach?utm_source=Natural+Gas+Europe+Newsletter&utm_campaign=a33da583f2-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c95c702d4c-a33da583f2-307804485

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French Fracking Ban Endorsed on U.S. Environmental Repercussions

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https://www.facebook.com/Earthjustice/photos/a.10150167454470301.407971.15771560300/10152929689705301/?type=1&fref=nf

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2013-06-05/french-fracking-ban-endorsed-on-u-s-environmental-repercussions

June 5 (Bloomberg) — France’s ban on hydraulic fracturing should not be eased because the oil and gas drilling technique is causing “considerable” environmental damage in the U.S., according to a government minister.

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