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Can we please have a debate on shale gas production in Belgium ...

Can we please have a debate on shale gas production in Belgium ... | Fracking Europe | Scoop.it
The most powerful argument against fracking is the danger of seepage of natural gas in drinking water layers. This has ... Wherever I go in France I'm confronted with 'No to shale gas (non au gaz de schiste)' bumper stickers.
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Thousands across Romania and the world protest against fracking on Romanian National Anti-fracking Day April 4

Thousands across Romania and the world protest against fracking on Romanian National Anti-fracking Day April 4 | Fracking Europe | Scoop.it
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On the 4th of April, people from 28 towns in Romania took to the streets to protest against hydraulic fracturing, a highly polluting method, after the country’s Prime Minister, Victor Ponta, changed his mind regarding a moratorium on shale gas and after the Government approved several operation agreements for the exploration/development/exploration of shale gas in large areas of the country.Romanian communities in Copenhagen and Strasbourg also joined the protests and activists in Bulgaria, Belgium, The Czech Republic and Australia protested in front of Romanian embassies. Foreign correspondents from French and Belgian press agencies were also present in Barlad, the first city where American company Chevron announced it will first start drilling.

The mainstream Media did its best not to report about the protests during prime time news, but local media covered the story intensively with all local newspapers writing about it and spreading the news that opposition against shale gas is strong.
Only three national channels reported on the news and included a debate: RealitateaTV, DigiTV and the national television.

Protesters consider that this day only marks the start of a nationwide campaign to inform people accurately and correctly about the risks of shale gas, something that the Government and the National Agency for Mineral Resources are not doing.

Until now, the Government has approved 10 operation agreements and has signed contracts with foreign companies, which can now pursue the exploration/exploitation of shale gas in Romania.

The protesters ask for the annulment of the Governmental decrees approving the exploration, exploration and development agreements. They also ask for a national ban on hydraulic fracturing. The protesters also denounced the predominant influence of corporations over Romanian legislation, and the high-level corruption of the Romanian government, and they fight for the right to a clean environment, the right to a healthy life and the right to information.

In several towns, the protests were declared illegal by local authorities and in some of them, the local authorities even tried to intimidate and harras the organizers in order to discourage them from protesting. However, given the amplitude of the movement and the many national and international „eyes“ that were looking at the protests, the authorities had no choice but to let the people protest freely. In Bucharest, the country’s capital, 400 hundred people protested while the riot police was hardly in sight, an institution known for its abuses. Thousands of people protested in the other 27 towns, including Barlad where the entire community is against the exploitaion and has protested many times before.

The protests are organized by local teams of volunteers coordinated at national level. The protests are backed by 80 non-governmental organizations, including the Environmental Coalition and Romania Without Them Association.
Contact us at:
George Epurescu, Tel: +40757653983; Diana Iftodi, Tel: +40745591421
E-mail: stopfracturare@gmail.com, gepurescu@yahoo.com ; Web: http://stopfracturare.ro/

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Spain’s First Fracking Ban Coming to Richest Shale Region

Spain’s First Fracking Ban Coming to Richest Shale Region | Fracking Europe | Scoop.it
Spain is set to enact its first regional ban on producing natural gas using hydraulic fracturing, yielding to objections from environmental groups that so-called fracking risks polluting drinking water.
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Cantabrian fracking ban receives cross-party support. A model for other regions and countries to follow! @BANfrackingNI @GEAIreland @LoveLeitrim

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Facts On Fracking, Pros & Cons of Hydraulic Fracturing For Natural Gas

Facts On Fracking, Pros & Cons of Hydraulic Fracturing For Natural Gas | Fracking Europe | Scoop.it

In case your just getting up to speed on the loudly contentious debate about fracking then we've got an infographic for you. Produced by WellHome, it goes over the talking points of both proponents and detractors with a fairly even hand (though I have to say that the financial viability of fracking isn't as sure as the graphic makes it seem).


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Aaron O.'s curator insight, October 20, 2014 1:49 PM

pros and cons of fracking

perfect for taking notes on

Brad Wells's curator insight, October 21, 2014 12:31 PM

both pros and cons!

Robert X

 

AlaineS's curator insight, October 21, 2014 12:47 PM

Has good info about pros and cons.

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Water fouled with fracking chemicals spews near Windsor

Water fouled with fracking chemicals spews near Windsor | Fracking Europe | Scoop.it
State regulators say at least 84,000 gallons of water contaminated with oil and chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing spilled from a broken well-head in a field about 4 miles north of Windsor.

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Beer brewers are joining forces to fight fracking | Grist

Beer brewers are joining forces to fight fracking | Grist | Fracking Europe | Scoop.it

Larry Bennett, who operates Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, N.Y. — which, we don’t mind saying, makes very good beer — has some serious realtalk for the state about fracking and its potential impacts:

 

"For beer, the biggest ingredient is water. When you drink an 8 percent alcohol beer, 92 percent of what you drink is water. For Ommegang, that means water from the ground beneath our brewery in Cooperstown."

 

But Ommegang is worried that fracking could pollute that water. As the company’s CEO told NBC, “Accidents are happening. Places are getting polluted.”

 

And if that happens in New York — no more beer.Here’s how Bennett put it:

 

"If fracking comes to New York, our brewery won’t put our customers at risk.

 

We see three options:


Option 1: Truck in water from a safe watershed. But that would be expensive — and if fracking comes to New York, it’s not clear where the safe watershed would be.


Option 2: Relocate. We love upstate New York; it’s our home. But making good beer requires clean water, and we owe it to our customers to ensure that the beer they drink is safe.


Option 3: Close down.

 

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Consultation on fracking launched

Consultation on fracking launched | Fracking Europe | Scoop.it
The Environmental Protection Agency has launched a public consultation on the draft terms of reference for research into hydraulic fracturing (fracking).
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Fracking criticised over pollution and health risks - Republic of Ireland, Local & National - Belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Fracking, has come under intense scrutiny internationally due to growing
concerns about health and environmental pollution. award-winning 2009 film, 'Gasland', exposed the health ill-effects suffered by many US residents living near gas wells, the destruction of landscape, and instances of water, soil and air pollution.

Many of the harmful effects associated with fracking are caused by the toxic make-up of the frack fluid, which can contaminate groundwater.

 

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allen kravetz's comment, March 14, 2013 10:22 AM
A New York times investigation found water supplies with high rates of radioactivity due to the water being sent to treatment plants not made to deal with it. The film "Gasland" exposed many negative effects people living near gas wells suffer, landscape being destroyed and water, soil and air pollution.
CineversityTV's comment, April 6, 2013 10:53 AM
its sickening to see what greed leads too, the poisoning of people.
Green Translator's comment, April 6, 2013 5:43 PM
Thank you for your comments. Agree wholeheartedly, let's fight fracking together!
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Rapporteur Sonik on the Shale Gas Resolution - EU issues - Vieuws

Rapporteur Sonik on the Shale Gas Resolution - EU issues - Vieuws | Fracking Europe | Scoop.it
Ahead of the European Parliament's vote on the Shale Gas Resolution later on in November, leading environment journalist, Sonja Van Renssen, talks to Rapporteur, Bogusław Sonik (Polish EPP MEP) about his report.

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Energy: Notice of call for proposals with a view to obtaining grants for organising dialogues with citizens and launching information campaigns on shale gas (DG ENER/C2/SUB/492-2012) - European Com...

Energy: Notice of call for proposals with a view to obtaining grants for organising dialogues with citizens and launching information campaigns on shale gas (DG ENER/C2/SUB/492-2012) - European Com... | Fracking Europe | Scoop.it
European Commission – Energy infrastructure in Europe...

Notice of call for proposals with a view to obtaining grants for organising dialogues with citizens and launching information campaigns on shale gas (DG ENER/C2/SUB/492-2012)

Deadline: 15/10/2012


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EU Commission study on shale gas raises serious doubts about European "golden age of gas"

EU Commission study on shale gas raises serious doubts about European "golden age of gas" | Fracking Europe | Scoop.it

A new research report written by the Joint Research Centre of the EU Commission suggests that under a best case scenario, taking into account environmental considerations, future shale gas production in Europe could help the EU maintain its dependency on energy imports at around 50 % of its total energy needs. But the report also reveals the sometimes considerable uncertainty about recoverable volumes, technological developments, public acceptance and access to land and markets. 

 

This courageous JRC study will without doubt lead to furious reactions from the shale gas lobby.


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EuroparlTV video: Interview: For or against shale gas?

EuroparlTV video: Interview: For or against shale gas? | Fracking Europe | Scoop.it
Banned in France, allowed in Poland: shale gas exploration causes controversy in Europe. What role should the EU play? Two MEPs give their views.

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Poland: Ministry of Environment Releases Update on Shale Gas Search>> LNG World News

Poland: Ministry of Environment Releases Update on Shale Gas Search>> LNG World News | Fracking Europe | Scoop.it

The biggest number of shale gas searching in Europe takes place in....

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EU's chief science advisor gives shale gas go-ahead

EU's chief science advisor gives shale gas go-ahead | Fracking Europe | Scoop.it
The EU’s chief scientific advisor has said that evidence allows the
go-ahead for extracting shale gas, the energy source at the centre of a
European policy tug-of-war.
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The science on fracking is firm - the risks to our air and water are too high!
Ms Glover seems ill informed!

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Global alliance to fight fracking created in Beroun

Global alliance to fight fracking created in Beroun | Fracking Europe | Scoop.it
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Global alliance to fight fracking created in Beroun

A month ago today various anti-fracking groups from around the world united in Beroun, the Czech Republic, to create a global alliance against fracking. The following joint statement was issued at the event:

JOINT STATEMENT

Beroun Challenge 2013

On March 7, 2013, representatives and members of groups opposed to the method of fracking (defined below) from 11 European countries, South Africa and the USA agreed on the creation of a global network whose purpose is to realise a frack-free world via:

- Uniting for a frack-free world

- Sharing and promotion of information and expertise

- Branding fracking as ecocide

- Branding fracking as a human rights violation

- Coordinating actions

- Inviting other countries, individuals, groups and organisations to join the global network

We believe that the only meaningful way forward is to use safer, renewable and cleaner energy sources.

Representatives from Russia, Hungary and India have expressed their willingness to join the network.

We understand fracking as follows: the technology of hydraulic fracturing / rupture / or any other technology which forces water or a mixture of fluids (or gels or liquefied gas), or chemical additives and / or fluid, mechanical and / or organic fillers in drilling wells causing the creation of new formation and / or expansion of existing natural cracks or fissure systems in all sedimentary formations, including coal seams for exploration and production of oil and natural gas. Examples of the application of this technology include but are not limited to: unconventional gas extraction, shale gas, tight gas, shale oil, tight oil and CBM.

We regard fracking as all the processes of exploration and exploitation including all related activities and impacts from seismic testing to after the wells are plugged. We come together for one goal: a global ban on fracking.

The threat to poisoning our most basic resource, water, as well as our air, our soil and our health is not acceptable.

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Review of UT Fracking Study Finds Failure to Disclose Conflict of Interest (Updated)

Review of UT Fracking Study Finds Failure to Disclose Conflict of Interest (Updated) | Fracking Europe | Scoop.it
Two professors have resigned and retired in the wake of a controversial study on fracking that failed to disclose conflicts of interest.
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Tell the BLM to Establish Strong Rules for Fracking on Public Lands

Tell the BLM to Establish Strong Rules for Fracking on Public Lands | Fracking Europe | Scoop.it
Sign this petition to tell the Bureau of Land Management to issue strong rules for federal fracking leases on public lands...
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Fracking criticised over pollution and health risks - Republic of Ireland, Local & National - Belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Fracking, has come under intense scrutiny internationally due to growing
concerns about health and environmental pollution. award-winning 2009 film, 'Gasland', exposed the health ill-effects suffered by many US residents living near gas wells, the destruction of landscape, and instances of water, soil and air pollution.

Many of the harmful effects associated with fracking are caused by the toxic make-up of the frack fluid, which can contaminate groundwater.

 

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allen kravetz's comment, March 14, 2013 10:22 AM
A New York times investigation found water supplies with high rates of radioactivity due to the water being sent to treatment plants not made to deal with it. The film "Gasland" exposed many negative effects people living near gas wells suffer, landscape being destroyed and water, soil and air pollution.
CineversityTV's comment, April 6, 2013 10:53 AM
its sickening to see what greed leads too, the poisoning of people.
Green Translator's comment, April 6, 2013 5:43 PM
Thank you for your comments. Agree wholeheartedly, let's fight fracking together!
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Why the fracking boom may actually be an economic bubble

Why the fracking boom may actually be an economic bubble | Fracking Europe | Scoop.it
The huge growth in fracking is not sustainable, in multiple senses of the word.

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Fracking’s rise in U.S. inspires the world

Fracking’s rise in U.S. inspires the world | Fracking Europe | Scoop.it
The U.S. energy industry clearly still leads the way on fracking, which has upended global energy markets, but the rest of the world is beginning to catch up as nations seek to replicate American success in oil and natural gas development.
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Following in the footsteps of similar American groups, Irish environmentalist opponents of fracking have started “Fracking Free Ireland.” The group’s motto: “Keep the frogs in and the frackers out.”
The Irish campaign website gets a menton in The Washington Times! http://frackingfreeireland.org/

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Fracking Moratorium Vote Falls Short in Europe

Fracking Moratorium Vote Falls Short in Europe | Fracking Europe | Scoop.it

Ecowatch 21/11/2012

 

Despite intense lobbying by the fossil fuel industry, today’s vote in European Parliament demonstrates that there is no consensus for allowing large-scale shale gas development in Europe. More than one third of MEPs—Members of Parliament—voted in support of a moratorium on fracking in the Parliament’s first vote on shale gas.


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OMV CEO: Europe Must Accept Shale Gas

OMV CEO: Europe Must Accept Shale Gas | Fracking Europe | Scoop.it
Shunning the energy source will damage Europe's competitiveness and its environment, says Gerhard Roiss...
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We have the largest shale gas reserves in Europe - Paul Nuttall | Articles | UKIP MEPs

We have the largest shale gas reserves in Europe - Paul Nuttall | Articles | UKIP MEPs | Fracking Europe | Scoop.it
Official website of UK Independence Party (UKIP) Members of the European Parliament (MEPs): includes UKIP MEP speeches in the European Parliament, media interviews, articles and news updates.

The site is divided into three main categories: 1.
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Rapporteur Sonik on the Shale Gas Resolution - EU issues - Vieuws

Rapporteur Sonik on the Shale Gas Resolution - EU issues - Vieuws | Fracking Europe | Scoop.it
Ahead of the European Parliament's vote on the Shale Gas Resolution later on in November, leading environment journalist, Sonja Van Renssen, talks to Rapporteur, Bogusław Sonik (Polish EPP MEP) about his report.

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Shale gas push 'would wreck UK's climate change targets'

Shale gas push 'would wreck UK's climate change targets' | Fracking Europe | Scoop.it
Report says that exploiting just one-fifth of Lancashire's shale gas reserves would put carbon emissions targets out of reach...

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Poland to veto EU shale gas rules - UPI.com

Poland to veto EU shale gas rules - UPI.com | Fracking Europe | Scoop.it
Poland will veto any attempt by the European Commission to institute EU-wide rules regulating the shale gas sector, a government advisor said this week.

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