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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Denmark to join shale gas quest in Europe

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 OSLO, June 26 (Reuters) – A town in northern Denmark has given the green light to French energy major Total to drill the first test wells for shale gas in the Nordic country where conventional gas output is dropping, a spokeswoman said on Thursday.

Last year, Denmark consumed more energy than it produced for the first time since 1997. Though the country remains a net oil and gas exporter, output for the two fell by 13 percent and 18 percent respectively over 2013, Danish energy agency data show.

“The city council of Frederikshavn municipality issued a permit to start test-drilling for shale gas reserves in the ground,” said municipality spokeswoman Karin Rasmussen. Continue reading