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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 […]

Will Socialists end all Shale Fracking?

Will Socialists end all Shale Fracking?

France’s Green Euro MEP José Bové, one of the leaders of the grass roots movement against fracking in France, says he believes the recently elected Socialist president will, in time, revoke all onshore shale gas drilling licenses.   He told La Dépêche du Midi he had worked very closely with Ecology Minister Nicole Bricq, then […]

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. […]

Flash: Parliament Bans Fracking

Flash: Parliament Bans Fracking

The Assemblée Nationale May 11 passed the first reading of a government-sponsored bill banning the use of the controversial hydraulic fracturing technique in the exploration and exploitation of shale gas in France, says Le Nouvel Observateur . (Read more online French News here) The legislation was passed by 287 votes in favour to 186 votes […]

Gaz de Schiste – Fracking Fight Far from Over

Gaz de Schiste – Fracking Fight Far from Over

The fight against fracking in France is far from over warns FNE- France Nature Environnement which fears a white wash lies ahead driven by intense lobbying from powerful oil industry interests French activists fear this photo shows what the wine-producing Lot Valley could look like unless shale gas licenses are cancelled and the whole idea of […]

US Fracking Chemicals – The Fracking Watch

US Fracking Chemicals – The Fracking Watch

The French Government says it is rowing back on permissions for fracking in France.  Many hundreds of protest groups across the country certainly hope so and with good reason. The reports below detail information about the cocktail of chemicals used in the extraction process and suggest that many could be dangerous to human health.  (Stay […]

Gaz de Schiste – The Fracking Watch Updates

Gaz de Schiste – The Fracking Watch Updates

Gaz de Schiste represents perhaps the greatest ever threat yet to French tourism, Produits du terroir, French vineyards and rural home values and the threat has not diminished despite government promises. (Read more online French News here) The fight against fracking in France is nowhere over warns FNE- France Nature Environnement which fears a white […]

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