Shale Gas

13. Feb. 2013

Together, let's ban fracking and shale gas before it's too late.

Shale gas is a form of unconventional gas, unconventional referring to the techniques used to extract the energy sources, not the sources themselves. It is made up of heavily compacted mud and clay, and is much less permeable than ordinary rock formations containing gas. To extract the gas that is trapped in shale, horizontal drilling techniques and hydraulic fracturing (also known as ‘fracking’) are required. Fracking involves high-risk activities that can have a devastating impact on health and the local environment and has therefore already been banned by certain regions and Member Sates in the EU.

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Shale Gas

20. Nov. 2012 blog

Shale gas: MEPs must listen to their citizens’ demands!

Tomorrow, the European Parliament will vote on two shale gas reports. The Greens/ EFA group call on all Members to listen to their citizens´demands and support a moratorium on hydraulic fracking across Europe...  

19. Sep. 2012 video

Stop the propaganda on shale gas and fracking

Green MEPs took part in a public action together with NGOs in front of the European Parliament today. The action aimed to highlight the health and environment risks of shale gas extraction and fracking, and to increase pressure for an EU-wide moratorium on fracking.

17. Sep. 2012 blog

EP: Fierce backstage battle on the two shale gas reports

This week the European Parliament’s Industry Committee and Environment Committee will vote on reports on the ‘industrial, energy and other aspects of shale gas and oil’ and on the ‘environmental impacts of shale gas and shale oil extraction activities’ respectively. The backstage battle around the two reports is fierce...  

28. Aug. 2012 video

Stoppt Fracking und die Schiefergasförderung!

Erdgas wird als effiziente, reichlich vorhandene und CO2-arme Energiequelle gepriesen. Aber eine bestimmte Art der Förderung, das Hydraulic Fracturing - auch 'fracking' genannt -- erfordert risikoreiche Prozesse, die verheerende Auswirkungen auf Gesundheit und Umwelt haben können. Beim Fracking wird ein 2-3 km tiefes Loch in Schiefergestein gebohrt. Anschließend wird eine toxische Mischung aus Chemikalien, Sand und Wasser unter hohem Druck eingepumpt. Erdgasproduzenten wollen diese Art der Schiefergasförderung auf ganz Europa ausweiten.