Take Action – MEP amendments for a moratorium + reply from MEPs

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AMENDMENTS 366 & 415, and 394
SUPPORTED BY:
 Luke Ming Flanagan
TEMPLATE LETTER & REPORT
On May 7, the Industry Committee in the European Parliament is scheduled to vote on the 800 amendments that were submitted to the initial draft report by the rapporteur, the Lithuanian EPP MEP Saudargas. All texts available here.
Good news. Several S&D MEPs and a Green MEP submitted amendments for a moratorium on fracking (366 & 415, and 394). The first two have the same text that got the support of more than one third of MEPs, when the Parliament voted in November 2012 on a reports about the environmental impacts of shale gas.
  • On the basis of the precautionary principle and on the principle that preventive action should be taken, taking into account the risks and the negative climate, environmental and health impacts involved in hydraulic fracturing for the exploitation of unconventional fracking and the gaps identified in the EU regulatory regime for shale gas activities, urges Member States not to authorise any new unconventional hydraulic fracturing operations in the EU
Bad news. The Parliament’s Industry Committee is not the most environmentally conscious body. We can assume that some 15 MEPs (about 20%) will vote in favour of the moratorium amendment (Greens, some S&D MEPs, some Spanish Podemos MEPs in the leftwing GUE group and the MEPs from the Italian Cinque Stelle movement).

MEPs must protect public from EU-US trade deal threat – TAKE ACTION + reply from MEPs

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MEPs must protect public from EU-US trade deal threat

http://corporateeurope.org/international-trade/2015/03/meps-must-protect-public-eu-us-trade-deal-threat

Dear MEP,

Please find below a letter  today sent  to all MEPs by 385 civil society organisations.
Updated letter (10 March: http://corporateeurope.org/sites/default/files/english-mep-letter-ttip.pdf)

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As an MEP, will you listen to civil society and endorse this call for a TTIP resolution that puts people, the environment and democracy before short-term profit and disproportionate corporate rights?

Looking forward to hearing back from you.

Best regards,
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MEPs: ROI and NI
lynn.boylan@ep.europa.eu; nessa.childers@ep.europa.eu; brian.hayes@ep.europa.eu;
matt.carthy@ep.europa.eu;lukeming.flanagan@ep.europa.eu;
mairead.mcguinness@ep.europa.eu;marian.harkin@ep.europa.eu;deirdre.clune@ep.europa.eu;
brian.crowley@ep.europa.eu;sean.kelly@ep.europa.eu;liadh.niriada@ep.europa.eu;

martina.anderson@ep.europa.eu;diane.dodds@ep.europa.eu;james.nicholson@ep.europa.eu;

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MEPs must protect public from EU-US trade deal threat

As the European Parliament drafts its opinion on the controversial TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) talks, 375 civil society organisations from across Europe have called on EU decision-makers to protect citizens, workers, and the environment from the threats it poses.

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European Parliament report on energy security – moratorium amendment on fracking

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eu REPORTOn May 7, the Industry Committee in the European Parliament is scheduled to vote on the 800 amendments that were submitted to the initial draft report by the rapporteur, the Lithuanian EPP MEP Saudargas. All texts available here.

Good news. Several S&D MEPs and a Green MEP submitted amendments for a moratorium on fracking (366 & 415, and 394). The first two have the same text that got the support of more than one third of MEPs, when the Parliament voted in November 2012 on a reports about the environmental impacts of shale gas.
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TAKE ACTION – Unite’s Executive Council agrees Labour donation 29 January 2015

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TAKE ACTION!

Email the Unite Executive Council at executive.council@unitetheunion.org querying why it agreed a £1.5 million donation to the UK Labour Party following the party’s abstention at Monday’s vote on a fracking moratorium.

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TTIP – ONLINE action

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Help Stop The Corporate Takeover of Our Democracy
https://uplift.ie/isds/
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Our democracy and sovereignty are under threat for the second time in 5 years. This time the threat we face is from US foreign investors and multinational companies who could end up with the power to sue us if they think their profit margins are under threat.

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Bad news for the UK – green light for fracking – Sign + Back Lancashire

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Bad news – last night MPs voted to give the green light to fracking across the UK. 50 MPs broke ranks to vote against the plans, but it wasn’t enough. [1] Trespass laws have changed: now dirty energy companies can apply to drill for oil and gas under our homes.

Days like today are difficult. But we urgently need to channel our frustration into hope – because tomorrow, Lancashire County Council could vote to block fracking in Lancashire. [2] Local councils still have the power to block fracking, so this is a test case. Council by council, we could start to turn the tide. Continue reading

Fracking Ireland Newsalert – URGENT Please support TODAY UK anti-fracking campaigners ahead of key decisions

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Fracking Ireland Newsalert (4) –
Please support UK anti-fracking campaigners ahead of key decisions
and more.

 

ROMANIA – Popescu walked 2900 km to Brussels – an interview

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http://thischangeseverything.org/no-to-cyanide-and-fracking-from-romania-to-brussels/
No to Cyanide and Fracking, from Romania to Brussels

When Alexandru Popescu walked out of his Romanian hometown of Ploieşti, on August 30th, his 84-year old father thought he was crazy. The 46-year-old antiquarian had done some odd things before, like growing organic food on a plot outside the city, or throwing in his lot with activists fighting cyanide-polluting gold mining. But his latest plan was beyond comprehension to his dad. On November 25th, he arrived in Brussels with swollen knees and fewer toenails, wearing a T-shirt bearing the words “No to Cyanide and Fracking.” He had walked 2,900 kilometers to deliver that message to EU policymakers—and by the end of his journey, his father was as proud as a father can be.

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