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European Ombudsman Complaint 1100/2015/NF about the JRC Network on shale gas

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Dear all,

You may remember the big fuss FoEE made several months when we decided to leave the expert group on fracking that had just been established by the European Commission because of the over-representation and unacceptable influence of the industry.
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Europe is not for Shale – 4 June and campaigners meeting 3 June

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Meeting with campaigners, June 3

Hosted by Food and Water Watch and Friends of the Earth Europe

Antoine Simon of FOEE and I have been working on a major anti-fracking event in the European Parliament in Brussels that will take place on the morning of June 4.  This event is co-organised with the Green group in the Parliament.
Draft Programme Conference Europe is not for shale 4 June 2015 290420151

The focus will be on the poor implementation of the Commission’s non-binding Recommendation and the many environmental risks involved in shale gas, the climate impacts in particular.

Linked to this, we would also like to organise an internal strategy session of the European anti-fracking movement. This will take place the day before, also in Brussels (MundoB building). On the afternoon of June 3

Geert Decock
Director EU Affairs – Food & Water Europe
Tel: +32 (0)2 893 10 45
Mobile: +32 (0)484 629 491
Email: gdecock@fweurope.org
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Website: www.foodandwatereurope.org

Political – not scientific – definition of fracking

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Thu, 2015-02-26 23:10Kyla Mandel

David Cameron’s New Definition of Fracking ‘Political Not Scientific’


Last week, DeSmog UK revealed how David Cameron’s government snuck a new definition of fracking onto the statute books. Kyla Mandel investigates where this definition actually came from.

The definition of hydraulic fracturing adopted by the UK coalition government has all the hallmarks of industry influence, finds DeSmog UK.

The fracking definition was slipped into the controversial Infrastructure Act without a chance for MPs to vote on it. And it is almost identical to that recommended by the European Commission in January 2014.
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Alarming 2,112 water pollution incidents in one year in Northern Ireland

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Alarming 2,112 water pollution incidents in one year in Northern Ireland

Concern: Steven Agnew
Concern: Steven Agnew

Fears have been raised over the state of Northern Ireland’s waterways after almost six pollution incidents a day were reported to, or discovered by, inspectors in 2013.

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TAKE ACTION – Deadline on Thursday – Sign on: Sec. Moniz LNG Export Letter

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Please write a short e-mail to Kate (kdeangeli{AT}foe.org) if you want to co-sign.

After Sen. Hoeven introduced his bill (S.2638) in the Senate that would expedite the approval of applications to export liquefied natural gas, Sen. Hoeven was quoted saying that Sec. Moniz was willing to support his bill with some modifications. Friends of the Earth has drafted a letter (see attached) discouraging Sec. Moniz from supporting this bill or any similar bill and outlining the dire climate impacts that liquefied natural gas has. We believe that Sec. Moniz’s endorsement of such a bill would directly contradict President Obama’s pledge to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Please join Greenpeace USA, the Center for Biological Diversity, Earthjustice, Food and Water Watch, and Public Citizen in signing onto this letter to Sec. Moniz. Let me know by COB Thursday December 18 if you would like to sign on and include the name and title of the person that will be signing on. We are only requiring campaigner level sign on. Continue reading

REPORT “Fracking Frenzy”. Friends of the Earth and Press release

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World-mapThe new Friends of the Earth Europe report on fracking is called “Fracking Frenzy”.
The report presents how the fracking industry is now developing worldwide, on every continent, through the example of eleven key countries (Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, South Africa, India, Indonesia, China and Russia). Unfortunately, these developments are occurring in even more fragile ecosystems than the ones where first fracking developments have been made so far: in extremely water-scarce countries, in earthquake-prone areas, in regions where transboundary aquifers are the main source of drinking water…etc
If these developments are still in their infancy, we can already see numerous attempts by industries and pro-fracking governments to put in place industry-friendly legal framework, put in place to the detriment of environmental and peoples’ protection.
The report also presents some findings on how a worldwide development of the fracking industry could have dramatic impacts on climate change, with a particularly high costs paid by countries in the South. Continue reading

No Fracking Way – How the EU – US trade agreement (TTIP) risks expanding fracking

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6 March 2014
This briefing reveals how a major trade deal currently being negotiated between the European Union and the United States, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, threatens the power of governments to protect communities, citizens and the environment from risky new technologies such as fracking. It calls on the EU and the US to exclude investor-state dispute settlement rights from the agreement and from other trade deals in the pipeline. foee_ttip-isds-fracking-060314