Looking Back at the Paris Agreement: A Ban on Fracking Was Never More Urgent

By Geert Decock

The Paris agreement on climate change is less than a week old, yet its contents have already been intensely analysed. Below, we want to share the top five analyses that we have read so far.

First key fact: The Paris agreement and the promises by 196 governments do not offer any guarantee that the world will limit global warming to a safe level: Even if all parties kept their promises, “the planet would warm by an estimated […] 3.5 degrees Celsius, above preindustrial levels. …

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The Fracking Fox Is in the Irish Henhouse

By Geert Decock

Irish anti-fracking groups take to the street to stop the biased ‘study’ about the impacts of fracking.

Ireland imports almost all of its natural gas. So, when shale gas exploration companies came over to Ireland and promised royalty payments, fewer imports and more jobs, a lot of politicians were fooled by these empty promises. As a result, three companies were awarded exploration license options in early 2010 to start looking for shale gas.

Public outrage over the decision of the Irish government led to a 2-year …

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Fracking in Romania: Gone, but Hardly Forgotten

Fracking in Romania: Gone, but Hardly Forgotten

By Marina Stefan, Romanian Anti-Fracking Activist

In February 2015, oil and gas industry giant Chevron announced that they were suspending plans to begin fracking in Romania. But the fight for a ban on fracking in the country is far from over. Romanian anti-fracking activist Marina Stefan shares an update on the state of shale gas exploration in her country, and what the future of drilling in Romania could look like.

New Players, New Fracking Permits

Despite Chevron’s retreat from fracking in Romania this past February, there is still …

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Faith Leaders Speak Out Against Fracking Amid Pope Francis’ Visit to U.S.

Faith Leaders Speak Out Against Fracking Amid Pope Francis’ Visit to U.S.

This blog post was originally published on EcoWatch.

By Wenonah Hauter, Food & Water Watch Executive Director

Earlier this year, Pope Francis called for decisive climate action in his encyclical. Now, while the Pope is visiting the U.S. for the first time, faith leaders across the country are speaking out against fracking—a form of extreme fossil fuel extraction that hurts our health and communities, contributes to climate change, and will prolong our dependence on oil and gas at the expense of the development of truly renewable energy.

Today, …

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No Victory Too Small

No Victory Too Small

By Jessica Fujan and Matt Ohloff, Food & Water Watch staff

Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of committed individuals can change the world, indeed it is the only thing that ever has,” and she couldn’t be more right!

Recent state-level wins in New York and Maryland have captured headlines as the movement to ban fracking continues to gain momentum. While those victories were tremendously important for those states, and our movement nationally, progress being made at the local level across the United …

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Protecting Mexico’s Flora and Fauna from Fracking

Protecting Mexico’s Flora and Fauna from Fracking

By David Lauer, Fracking Activist

David Lauer is a member of Chihuahua versus Fracking and the Alianza Mexicana contra el Fracking. In this blog post, David explains how fracking will irreparably damage Mexico’s fragile and vital desert ecosystem.

Chihuahua versus Fracking, one of 40 organizations that comprise the Mexican Alliance Against Fracking, includes concerned citizens, cooperatives, and organizations. We spend our time studying the negative impacts of fracking, making instructive materials for the public, organizing workshops for other concerned citizens and holding press conferences.

Mexico’s largest state, Chihuahua, …

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Fracking is “Fracturing” the German Government Coalition

By Geert DeCock, Food & Water Watch Director of EU Affairs

Andy Gheorghiu, a German grassroots activist.

In early April, the German Environment Minister proposed new rules on fracking. One of the most eye-catching elements was the decision to ban fracking for shale gas and coal bed methane above 3,000 meters of depth. However, the minister also proposed some research projects on fracking, which would need to be approved by an expert panel and closely monitored. Fracking activities in Germany’s tight sand formations would also be …

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One Clear Message: Europe is Not for Shale!

By Geert DeCock, Food & Water Watch Director of EU Affairs

I wish that I could say that I planned it this way. The World Gas Union recently gathered in Paris, where ExxonMobil CEO Tillerson blasted European Union countries that have adopted a ban or a moratorium on fracking. And at the exact same time, activists from around Europe gathered in Brussels to share a very different message at the “Europe is Not for Shale” conference. Alas! It was a lucky coincidence. Planned or …

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