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Fracking /Consultation - Environment - European Commission

 

Period of consultation

 

                        From 20.12.2012  to 23.03.2013

Objective of the consultation

 

  

Exploration and production of natural gas and oil within Europe has in the past been mainly focused on conventional resources. Whilst opportunities for this type of domestic extraction are becoming increasingly limited, technological progress is opening up new possibilities to extract unconventional fossil fuels such as shale gas, tight gas, coal bed methane, tight oil or shale oil, from geological formations which were previously too complex or too expensive to extract.

 

 

The European Commission aims to ensure that developments of unconventional fossil fuels are carried out with proper health, climate and environmental safeguards in place and under maximum legal clarity and predictability for both citizens and operators, as well as to ensure that the potential economic and energy security benefits of such developments can be reaped. Building on analytical work it has conducted since the end of 2011, the Commission has included in its Work Programme for 2013 the development of an "Environmental, Climate and Energy Assessment Framework to Enable Safe and Secure Unconventional Hydrocarbon Extraction" (http://ec.europa.eu/atwork/pdf/cwp2013_annex_en.pdf).

This internet-based consultation is part of the European Commission's efforts to consult with relevant stakeholders and with the public on this topic.


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Open Letter to #Nestlé by @yasminemotarjemi #FoodSafety #Suisse #Justice #Swiss

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Open Letter by 
Yasmine Motarjemi , Former Corporate Food Safety Manager (2000-2010), Assistant Vice President
to
Mr Peter Brabeck-Letmathe
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Nestlé, S.A
55 Avenue Nestlé
CH-1800 Vevey

"Nyon, 4th Septembre 2010
Dear Mr Chairman,
I was your Corporate Food Safety Manager from 2000 to 2010. I write to you today for two reasons: 
first, to share with you my concerns regarding a culture and management practices in Nestlé, which 
undermine food safety; and, second, to inform you of my personal experiences while attempting to
improve the situation.
I long nourished the hope that you would be interested in meeting the person responsible for dealing 
with everyday problems of the Company in an area as important as the safety of Nestlé products. 
However, to my regret we have never had the opportunity to meet and discuss the food safety 
situation in the Company. As both corporate-level management of food safety and my professional 
status deteriorated to the point of being unacceptable, I was compelled to report my concerns to 
Management with the expectation that a fair evaluation of the situation would be undertaken. In 
the event, my efforts were in vain. 
Mr Chairman, I always found listening to your speeches a source of motivation and inspiration. 
Moreover, Nestlé Policies and Management Principles portray a model Company, with the most 
laudable corporate values. A glance at the Company building, offices and facilities is enough to make 
any outsider believe that this is an ideal working environment. 
However, after only a short time, I was profoundly disappointed at how people are managed, the 
discrepancies between your public statements and the private deeds of managers; between the 
Company’s policies and management principles and actual practices; and between the proclaimed 
values and the prevailing fear culture (including mobbing and intimidation) that managers nourished. 
I was particularly saddened by the growing realisation that Management was not only aware of this 
situation but that it was also fully accepted by the very people who should have been, in fact, the inhouse guardians of policy compliance.I failed to see the flawless execution of policy that you promoted in your speeches. Didn’t you state 
that the management of food quality and safety depends on the quality of management? What can 
be said about food safety management when the members of Management themselves do not 
respect Company policies and principles? 
If I dared challenge the Company’s food safety and human resource practices I can assure you that it 
was not out of disrespect. On the contrary, it was because of my loyalty to the Company, my 
colleagues and the consumers we served. It was also because for me the safety of our products and 
respect for our colleagues were non-negotiable values. Involving staff in building a better company 
unavoidably includes exposing shortcomings. But surely it is better to receive timely feedback from 
within than to be publicly embarrassed later by failures.
You have often expressed your commitment to food safety. Please allow me to share with you my 
own vision in this regard. Over and above the technical and scientific aspects, the foundation of 
good food safety management is an equitable system of people management that is based on 
professionalism, fairness, objectivity, open-mindedness, respect for staff and, most importantly, for 
their dignity. I regret to say that I failed to see this approach implemented at the Nestlé Head Office. 
My own situation is a case in point. 
On several occasions I reported – first to members of Management and then, in November 2009, to 
Mr Paul Bulcke – serious shortcomings in food safety management, the professional difficulties I 
faced, and the shameful treatment that I experienced in Nestlé. I hoped that I would be given the 
opportunity to provide a full and accurate account of events during the period 2005-2010. In 
response, my contract was terminated with no opportunity to provide details of my experience. 
Nevertheless, I am prepared to meet with you, at your convenience, to share my observations on 
practices in Nestlé and their eventual repercussions on Nestlé’s reputation and consumers. I would 
also hope to use this opportunity to identify an equitable solution for my personal difficult situation, another consequence of the past events in Nestlé" 
source : http://www.rts.ch/info/3989665.html/BINARY/Mr+CEO.pdf
more here (in french) http://www.rts.ch/info/economie/3988696-une-ex-responsable-de-la-securite-alimentaire-depose-plainte-contre-nestle.html
more again (in french) 
more (in german ) : http://www.handelszeitung.ch/unternehmen/nestle-im-keim-erstickt

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Shadow City - #documentary about #homeless people in #NY #NewYork 25 mn - Al Jazeera - YouTube

Shadow City - #documentary about #homeless people in #NY #NewYork 25 mn - Al Jazeera - YouTube

Fault Lines investigates what life is like for homeless people in New York City, and why the city has failed to address its unprecedented homelessness crisis.

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#BBC's lame interview with #israel’s defence minister #media #bias #zionism

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Analysis of a BBC interview with Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya'alon shows how, by failing to challenge the Israeli minister, the public broadcaster actually misinforms the public about the Pale...

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#nukes #nucléaire #health #Cancer and Infant Mortality at #ThreeMileIsland » CounterPunch

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#nukes #nucléaire #health #Cancer and Infant Mortality at #ThreeMileIsland » CounterPunch

by JOHN LAFORGE

The partial meltdown at Three Mile Island, March 28, 1979, involved the loss-of-coolant, the melting of half its fuel, a hydrogen explosion in the “containment” building, [1] the uncontrolled, frightening buildup of explosive hydrogen in the reactor vessel, the venting of radioactive gases, and the dumping of contaminated water into a major source public drinking water. The accident caused such a scare that it ended the expansion of nuclear power in the US. Today, reactor builds can’t keep up with closures.

Yet the human health consequences of TMI aren’t well known, and official cover-ups, propaganda and ignorance of radiation-induced illnesses have led to trivialization of the disaster. As Gar Smith notes in his 2012 book Nuclear Roulette, public officials issued one false statement after another for days, like: there were no radiation releases; radiation releases were “controlled”; radiation releases were “insignificant”; there was no melting of the reactor fuel; there was never any danger of an explosion; there was no need to evacuate close communities. In fact, TMI’s failed containment released a plume of radiation “about 100 times more significant than the initial estimates offered” by




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Muslim vs. White Mass Murderers » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

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What’s Really Behind the #Saudi Attack on #Yemen | The Nation

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What’s Really Behind the #Saudi Attack on #Yemen | The Nation - Juan Cole 

The monarchy's motivations are not primarily sectarian.

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#LGBT #Arkansas Legislature Copies Indiana, Passes Controversial Religious Freedom Bill (Arkansas is not in #Russia..)

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#LGBT #Arkansas Legislature Copies Indiana, Passes Controversial Religious Freedom Bill (Arkansas is not in #Russia..)

WASHINGTON -- Arkansas passed a religious freedom bill on Tuesday that is similar to an Indiana law that has faced national backlash for legalizing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

The bill cleared the Arkansas Legislature and now heads to the governor's desk, where it is expected to be signed. Like the Indiana law, the Arkansas legislation allows a person who feels his or her exercise of religion has been “substantially burdened” to cite that argument as a claim or defense in a private lawsuit. The legislation also grants corporations the right to religious freedom. This language is not in the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), and critics say it could be used to override existing anti-discrimination protections.

"The Arkansas and Indiana bills are virtually identical in terms of language and intent,” said Sarah Warbelow, legal director at the Human Rights Campaign. “They place LGBT people, peo...

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▶ #US man denied pay out after decades wrongly spent on death row - 2:55 - Al Jazeera

▶ #US man denied pay out after decades wrongly spent on death row - 2:55 - Al Jazeera

Glen Ford spent 30 years on death row, convicted of a crime he did not commit.

Since his exoneration, he has developed cancer across his body, partly due to the poor medical care he received in prison.

Despite his wrongful imprisonment, he has been refused compensation by the Louisiana Attorney General.

Al Jazeera's Shihab Rattansi reports from New Orleans.

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#Monsanto #Health : Rounding Us Up, and Exposing Us All to #Cancer

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#Monsanto #Health : Rounding Us Up, and Exposing Us All to #Cancer

A friend of mine sent me an email recently after being alarmed by observing a neighbor's son, as a city employee, spraying the herbicide Roundup along the Jordan River Parkway in the center of Salt Lake City. She asked him what he was spraying and he said, "nothing dangerous, just Roundup." He wasn't wearing any protection of any kind.

The very same day, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that they had concluded the active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, the most widely sold agricultural and household herbicide in the world, billed as one of the most benign herbicides ever manufactured, was a "probable carcinogen." The WHO elaborated that their biggest concern was for occupational exposure, but that the evidence was "convincing" tha...

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#media #Palestine New platform connects Palestinians with their leaders

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YouKnow, an interactive online platform aimed at bridging the gap between citizens and government officials, is making waves in the occupied Palestinian territories.

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How #war and #climatechange are wired to the same engine - YouTube - Stop The War Coalition - 5 mn

How #war and #climatechange are wired to the same engine - YouTube - Stop The War Coalition - 5 mn

What should we do, with catastrophic climate change imminent, and the world's rulers rearming for new wars while plunging the mass of humanity deeper into poverty? Asks Neil Faulkner, archaeologist, historian, and activist, was one of the organisers of the This Changes Everything gathering in London on 28 March 2015:

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#US Elections : After Vicious Smear Campaign by #Ted ruz Adviser, Second Missouri GOP Official Commits #Suicide

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The deaths of Spence Jackson and Tom Schweich have caused outrage following attacks against Schweich.

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#ICRC #CICR ▶ Desperate civilians in #Yemen not getting vital aid - #RedCross - #humanitaire #WarCrimes 6 mn RT

#ICRC #CICR ▶ Desperate civilians in #Yemen not getting vital aid - #RedCross - #humanitaire #WarCrimes 6 mn RT

The Red Cross says the Saudi-led air strikes against Houthi rebels, mean they are unable to deliver medical supplies. The main airport in Sana'a has been a major target for coalition aircraft, as 'Operation Decisive Storm' stretches into its sixth day.

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#Egypt Nasser’s Ghost Hovers Over #Yemen - NY Times

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#Egypt Nasser’s Ghost Hovers Over #Yemen - NY Times

In 1962 Egypt invaded Yemen and Saudi Arabia intervened. Is history repeating itself?

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▶ U.S. Policy in #Afghanistan Created Hundreds of Little Dictators -13 mn - The Real News YouTube

▶ U.S. Policy in #Afghanistan Created Hundreds of Little Dictators -13 mn - The Real News  YouTube

U.S. Policy in Afghanistan Created Hundreds of Little Dictators
Author and journalist Anand Gopal discusses the legacy of the war in Afghanistan at the Hosftra Conference on the George W. Bush Presidency

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A Conversation With #CIA #Whistleblower #JohnKiriakou » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

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A Conversation With #CIA #Whistleblower #JohnKiriakou » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

by DOUGLAS VALENTINE

John Kiriakou is widely known as the former CIA case officer who, in an interview with ABC News in late 2007, confirmed that the CIA had tortured prisoner Abu Zubaydah, an alleged member of al Qaeda, on the waterboard.

Kiriakou was aware of only one instance in which Zubaydah was waterboarded, but his revelations set off a slew of investigations that sent America’s secret clique of torturers and their political bosses running for cover. Even the Senate, with feigned sincerity, initiated an investigation in 2009.

The vicious CIA wasn’t pleased, to put it mildly, nor was the Obama administration, which sicced the FBI on Kiriakou. As the controversy percolated and the authorities closed in, Kiriakou became a bit of a media sensation. Caught off guard by the flurry of attention (wanted and unwanted), he perhaps inadvertently violated the Intelligence Identities Protection Act by disclosing, among other things, the name of a covert CIA officer.

Facing 40 y..



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Emails show #Missouri museum canceled '#Ferguson to #Palestine' event under pressure from Jewish group #zionism

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Emails show #Missouri museum canceled '#Ferguson to #Palestine' event under pressure from Jewish group #zionism

The Missouri History Museum canceled a presentation on Ferguson and Palestine after being pressured by a local Jewish group to remove the Palestine part, emails released by Jewish Voice for Peace d...

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Humanitarians for War on #Syria » #Avaaz #HRW #PHR #Amnesty #NoFlyZone CounterPunch #ONG #Humanitaire

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AVAAZ, “White Helmets”, HRW, PHR, Amnesty & More
Humanitarians for War on Syria
by RICK STERLING

A massive campaign in support of foreign intervention against Syria is underway. The goal is to prepare the public for a “No Fly Zone” enforced by US and other military powers. This is how the invasion of Iraq began. This is how the public was prepared for the US/NATO air attack on Libya.

The results of western ‘regime change’ in Iraq and Libya have been disastrous. Both actions have dramatically reduced the security, health, education and living standards of the populations, created anarchy and mayhem, and resulted in the explosion of sectarianism and violence in the region. Now the Western/NATO/Israeli and Gulf powers, supported by major intervention-inclined humanitarian organizations, want to do the same in Syria. Is this positive or a repeat of past disasters?

Who are the Humanitarian Interventionists?

Major non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the campaign include Avaaz, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), “White Helmets” also known as “Syria Civil Defence, “The Syria Campaign” , Amnesty International etc.. These campaigns are well funded and in accord with the efforts of John McCain, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and others who are explicit in wanting “regime change” in Syria. Turkey continues to press for the No Fly Zone as the US and Turkey launch another round of training “moderate rebels” at bases in Turkey.

Today March 30, 2015 Avaaz is ramping up its campaign trying to reach 1 million people signing a petition for a “Save Zone” in Syria.

“Life Saving” No Fly Zone?

Avaaz organizer John Tye explained the rationale for the Syria No Fly Zone petition in a lengthy letter. He argues that a No Fly Zone (NFZ) will “save lives” and help “stop the carnage”. In sharp contrast, here is what General Carter...


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#Indiana Just Sentenced a Woman Convicted of Feticide to 20 Years in Prison( Indiana is not in #Russia ..)

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#Indiana Just Sentenced a Woman Convicted of Feticide to 20 Years in Prison( Indiana is not in #Russia ..)

Indiana’s law allowing discrimination against gay people is not the only reason that the state deserves our opprobrium. It’s also about to become the first state to imprison a woman for what it says is the death of a baby born after an attempted abortion.

On Monday, 33-year-old Purvi Patel, an unmarried woman from a conservative Hindu family who bought abortion drugs online, was sentenced to twenty years in prison for the crimes of feticide and neglect of a dependent. It was not the first time that feticide laws, passed under the guise of protecting pregnant women from attack, have been turned against pregnant women themselves. Indiana, after all, was also the state that jailed Bei Bei Shuai, an immigrant who tried to commit suicide by poisoning herself while pregnant, and whose baby later died. But the Patel case is still a disturbing landmark. “Yes, the feticide laws in other states have been used to arrest and sometimes punish the pregnant women herself,” says Lynn Paltrow, executive director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women, which advised Patel’s defense. “This is the first time it’s being used to punish what they say is an attempted self-abortion.”

Some of the facts in the case are murky. Prosecutors contend that towards the end of her second trimester, Patel took the drugs she’d bought online, but ended up giving birth to a live fetus that she abandoned in a dumpster. As S...

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Death toll rises in #Yemen as Saudis ramp up Operation Decisive Storm - 7:20 RT America YouTube

Death toll rises in #Yemen as Saudis ramp up Operation Decisive Storm - 7:20 RT America YouTube

The Saudi assault on Houthi rebels who have taken over Yemen, in a campaign known as Operation Decisive Storm, has been growing in intensity, while more civilians and displaced groups are getting caught in the crossfire of the violence. Ben Swann speaks with Sahar Aziz, professor of Law at Texas A&M, about the Saudi strategy and goal behind the airstrikes.

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#israel #Palestine #NoJusticeNoPeace ▶ The Pain Doesn't Go Away - #RachelCorrie's Parents - 20 mn

#israel #Palestine #NoJusticeNoPeace ▶ The Pain Doesn't Go Away - #RachelCorrie's Parents - 20 mn

On Reality Asserts Itself, Craig and Cindy Corrie tell Paul Jay that in ruling against their claim, the Israeli Supreme Court essentially said that Israel is beyond international law.

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Despite sanctions and turmoil, #Iran leads the way in knowledge production

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Despite sanctions and turmoil, #Iran leads the way in knowledge production

The Islamic Republic’s knowledge production stands out in a regional ranking, outpacing all Arab nations. See diagram below.

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Robert Reich: The Rich Don't Work Anymore—Working Is for Poor People

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Robert Reich: The Rich Don't Work Anymore—Working Is for Poor People

A large portion of the super-rich have never broken a sweat.


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#israel #Palestine #media #bias #zionism : The Ugly Reality of the Occupation: Censored in The #NYTimes

#israel #Palestine #media #bias #zionism : The Ugly Reality of the Occupation: Censored in The #NYTimes | News in english | Scoop.it

#israel #Palestine #media #bias #zionism : The Ugly Reality of the Occupation: Censored in The #NYTimes

Israel has been the big story in The New York Times this month, with lead stories, front page photos and endless commentary. Reporters and pundits have looked at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress and his election win from every angle. What could be left to say? What more would you want to know?

In fact, there is much that the Times is not telling you. For instance, that Israeli security forces killed two Palestinians this month and that the United Nations released a report showing that Israel killed more Palestinians in 2014 than in any year since the 1967 war.

Times reporters failed to cover these events, and they continued, as always, to neglect the ongoing harassment of Palestinians, the daily incidents that underscore the brutality of the occupation—home demolitions, the destruction of crops and orchards and the use of lethal and non-lethal weapons to threaten and injure protesters.

The first to die from Israeli fire this month was a Gaza fisherman, Tawfiq Abu Riyala, 32, who was shot in th

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#israel Is Only Going to Change Its Horrific Behavior If Outsiders Force It to

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#israel Is Only Going to Change Its Horrific Behavior If Outsiders Force It to

For too long, the majority of the voices in the Jewish community have urged the treating of Israel with kid gloves.

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War with #Iran, by the Numbers by Juan Cole , Informed Comment

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War with #Iran, by the Numbers by Juan Cole , Informed Comment

en. John McCain and others on the American Right are in favor of dropping those pesky negotiations with Iran and just bombing their nuclear enrichment sites. Doing so, however, would only set them back a year or so, and would certainly put Iran on a war footing with the USA. Those who think such bombing runs would be the end of the story, however, are fooling themselves. Bombing Iraq in 1991 and the no-fly zone had a lot to do with taking the USA down the path to a ground war in 2003. Bombing now will almost certainly lead to a similar ground war.

Iran is 2.5 times more populous than Iraq and much bigger geographically. It is likely that Iran war numbers would be three times those of Iraq, at least.

Casualties from a strike on Bushehr Nuclear Plant: Hundreds of thousands.

Likely US troop deaths: 15,000

Likely US troops lightly injured: 270,000

Likely US troops more seriously wounded: 90,000

Direct cost of war: $5.1 trillion

Cost of caring for wounded troops over lifetime: $9 trillion to $18 trillion

Likely Iranian deaths: 300,000 to 1 million

Likely Iranian injured: 900,0000 to 3 million

Iranian displaced: 12 million (out of 75 million)

Opportunity cost to US: $23 trillion of infrastructure, health care improvement




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