EU guidelines on how member states carry out shale gas exploration and production are failing to protect the environment and the health of citizens, a new report has found.
Bad news for would-be frackers this month, as people power trumped dirty energy projects in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK.
In the Netherlands, the Dutch government put shale gas on the back burner for another five years as it extended a national moratorium on shale gas exploration and extraction.
Fracking companies are dominating the behind-the-scenes agenda on EU fracking policies, investigation by Friends of the Earth Europe and Corporate Europe Observatory shows today.
A new European Commission report has for the first time revealed alarming disparities across the EU in how its safety regulations on shale gas extraction are implemented, casting serious doubt on its continued insistence on a non-binding approach to regulation.
Good news from Scotland, as Energy Minister Fergus Ewing this week announced a moratorium on the fracking industry while a full health impact assessment and public consultation is carried out. The decision came after a sustained campaign by a number of anti-fracking groups across the country, including Friends of the Earth Scotland.
The United Nations climate talks happening in Lima, Peru are already at the mid-way point. It is the fifth day of this year’s global conference which aims to bring the world closer to a fair, adequate solution to the climate crisis.
This weekend, Friends of the Earth campaigners from across Europe visited one of the front-lines in the struggle against drilling for unconventional oil and gas in the south-east of England. There is a growing movement in the UK to oppose fracking – in the courts, in the fields and on the roads, and by creating community-owned renewable energy projects. Friends of the Earth is linking this movement with struggles to oppose fracking in other parts of the country and across the world.
In a new frontier for shale gas, big energy companies such as Chevron, Shell and Total are 'heading south' to drill in Argentina, including in protected natural areas. This dash for unconventional fossil fuels is taking place at the expense of the interests of local communities, workers and the environment, finds new research by Friends of the Earth Europe released today.