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French Court May Return Total’s Shale Gas Rights In The Ardeche, Protests Expected

French Court May Return Total’s Shale Gas Rights In The Ardeche, Protests Expected

There are signs that the French oil giant Total may win a court case seeking to annul an earlier revocation of its permit to drill for shale gas over several thousand km2 in the Drôme, Ardèche, Gard, Vaucluse and Herault. According to a report on France Bleu radio  the public rapporteur advised a hearing at Cergy-Pontoise Administrative Court on […]

Fracking: Big Business Wants U-Turn

Fracking: Big Business Wants U-Turn

Will French energy and oil interests succeed in their current push to overturn the country’s outright ban on fracking, a move which would likely ignite instant uproar in the fiercely-opposed countryside? On July 14 last year President François Hollande made a formal commitment opposing fracking which effectively established a moratorium on the matter through to […]

Shale Gas: Schuepbach challenges French Ban

Shale Gas: Schuepbach challenges French Ban

The Texas-based oil company Schuepbach Energy has won a partial legal battle to review the current ban on hydraulic fracking in France and challenge the revocation of its two shale gas exploration licenses, a development being intently watched by supporters and opponents of shale fracking.  (Minister of Ecology, Delphine Batho, was sacked from her cabinet […]

Play the Nuclear Ball not the Green Man

Play the Nuclear Ball not the Green Man

If France were playing a rugby match between pro- and anti- nuclear teams, the results, at ten minutes into the game, would be looking pretty dodgy.     The Hollande-Ayrault-Montebourg-Batho team deployed in these vital energy quarter-finals has plunged into the melee with pledges, statements and clarifications that appear to have pleased industrialists, angered Greens, […]

Var Mayors May Boycott Ballot over Schiste

Var Mayors May Boycott Ballot over Schiste

Local Mayors in the Var département – angry at ongoing threats from shale gas concessions – warn they may not put up the physical wherewithall to enable voters to cast their ballots in the forthcoming presidential elections. (Read more French News here) Mayors organize the polling booths, supply the scrutineers, collect the ballot boxes and count the […]

Shale Gas Activists: Three Down 61 To Go

Shale Gas Activists: Three Down 61 To Go

With the repeal now formalised, of shale gas prospecting licenses for Villeneuve de Berg , Nant and Montelimar announced during a presidential visit to Alès on October 4, activists in the Gard and Ardèche départements are pressing for the repeal of the remaining 61 permits. (Read more online French News here) According to Midilibre Gard and […]

Shale Gas: Three of 64 Permits Revoked

Shale Gas: Three of 64 Permits Revoked

France has revoked three of 64 permits granted to major energy companies to use hugely controversial ‘fracking’ methods for shale gas exploration in sensitive farming, wine and tourism areas.. According to a report in France Soir France has revoked the permits in compliance with a law passed in May by the Assemblée Nationale (the lower […]

Schiste: Last Minute Parliament Lobby

Schiste: Last Minute Parliament Lobby

Barring last minute upsets or interventions the Gaz de Schiste Bill will become law after the French Senate  vote scheduled for Thursday June 30. Grassroots groups in drilling concession areas opposed to fracking in any shape or form or under any  name,  are not letting up the pressure. According to Richard Paul-Jones of  The Schiste Happens Team: “Each time […]

Gaz de Schiste – Senate Bans Fracking But….

Gaz de Schiste – Senate Bans Fracking But….

While the French Senate July 9 voted to ban shale gas operations using hydraulic fracturing it left the door open to oil and gas majors offering other ways to extract shale gas, virtually ensuring ongoing uproar in the country. Those fiercely opposed to any kind of shale gas dig described the outcome as “wholly unsatisfactory” […]

Gaz de Schiste – Write your Senator Today

Gaz de Schiste – Write your Senator Today

There are now just four days left (from Saturday June 5) to write to French Senators and tell them that you want the original bill banning fracking for shale gas to become law, rather than the bill that was amended by the National Assembly on 25 May, says Richard Paul-Jones on the Schiste Happens blog. […]

Fillon U-Turns on French Fracking

Fillon U-Turns on French Fracking

The French government has dramatically caved-in to grass-roots protest and offered support for a fast-track parliamentary bill to revoke shale gas drilling concessions, as worry widens about the impact of fracking on underground water aquifers. Clearly concerns about possible damage to France’s valuable terroir — the concept of special climatic and soil conditions that give its […]

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