Today, during voting in the Committee on the Environment of the European Parliament successfully argued that all activities associated with shale gas (including exploration wells) are subject to mandatory assessment of impacts on the environment (Environmental Impact Assessment – EIA). Moved an amendment to this effect several europoslanů, including Mr Deputy Poc, and managed to push the ratio of 51 to 18 against.Read More
JM: The earth trembled again in Holland due to a hydraulic fracturing!
People repeatedly experiencing fear, crack houses. Seismographs near the epicenter measured the strength of 3.0 on the Richter scale.
Next predictions of the Coalition STOP HF is filled. Related in the earthquakes in Blackpool, GB (caused him Quadrilla company that is interested in Beskydy, Czech rep.), in Europe, due to a higher occurance tectonics in the U.S. we have in Europe, using HF, inevitably more earthquakes with magnitudes greater.
JM: Very important news. Not only the greens refuse hydraulic fracturing in Europe and elsewhere: one of the 50 largest banking institutions in the world, the dutch Rabobank, refuses to loan for activities related to fracking. Here in Frack Free World we are very grateful for this Rabobank approach. We are also planning a European Round Table on the impact of exploration and exploitation of shale gas on the environment, which will be held under the auspices of the MEP Dr. Pavel Poc in mid-October and about Rabobank we will be speak.
Link from DutchNews.nl:Read More
JM: Natural gas brings messages about Romania permits for shale gas.
“We’ve got to stop doing this,” said Jonathan Deal, with a sense of urgency tinged with discomfort.
Deal could well have been talking about hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the oil and gas drilling practice he has tirelessly fought to stop in his native South Africa.
But at this moment, he was talking about the energy-guzzling extravaganza in full swing all around us at a gathering in Washington, DC. As we eyed hundreds of people in cocktail attire partaking of bounteous food and wine across a chandeliered room, I sensed Deal’s inner discord: this lavish event was in honor of him.
Deal had just been awarded a Goldman Environmental Prize for his successful grassroots effort to win a moratorium on fracking in South Africa...Read More
Posted May 2013
Mora County, New Mexico is the first county in the country to ban drilling and fracking. They did it to protect their groundwater. The new county ordinance also established a local Bill of Rights that confirms the county’s right to clean air and water, a healthy environment, and self governance.
According to E&E News (subscription required), County Commissioner John Olivas stated: ”There are plenty of resources out there for natural gas. I don’t think it’s necessary for them to come into our community. Leave us alone. Let us enjoy what we have.”
Commissioner Alfonso Griego said “he supported the measure because he feels that federal and state laws fail to adequately protect communities from the impacts of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking...Read More
A Notice by the Environmental Protection Agency on 04/30/2013
The EPA is extending its deadline for the public to submit data and scientific literature to inform EPA’s research on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources from April 30, 2013 until November 15, 2013. EPA is extending the deadline in order to provide the public with more of an opportunity to provide feedback to the Agency.
Frack Free World will be watch this process very carefully…Read More
Politically the situation seems difficult: The environment Minister said “No” to drilling with “actual technology”, which means that he left the backdoor open to change his opinion, however he is without formal power. The economic Minister wants to examine the situation first, before making a decision, his opinion is more important as it is the ministry of economy that can approve a shale gas licence. The mayors of the affected communities are still neutral, however their opinion seems to be crucial in order to get stronger opposition against the project.
March 2012: two governing mayors of the towns Herrnbaumgarten and Poysdorf announced that they will not give their permission for the two planned test-drillings at the beginning of 2013
Until July 2012: Discussion on a...Read More
The Flemish Government passed a law in 2009 specifically to lay out legal framework for coal bed methane extraction
In 2011 a regional investment company owned by the Flemish government set up a new company in partnership with Dart Energy, Limburg Gas.
Limburg Gas has exclusive rights to explore for CBM in a 350 km2 area in the Campine basin, and a budget of 10million over 3 years (investment split 80% Dart Energy, 20% LRM)
The Flemish minister responsible for innovation considers it to be ‘green energy’
Main political parties are voicing moderate enthusiasm for project, accepting that there are environmental and health risks attached, and advocating caution and regulation to ensure it happens safely and without damaging the environment (check responses)