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Europe Votes to Tighten Rules on Drilling Method


Environment  (tags: Fracking, frack is whack, activism, activists, destruction, ecosystems, green, conservation, water, pollution, nature, habitat, habitatdestruction, energy, pollution, wildlife )

Cal
- 375 days ago - nytimes.com
European Union lawmakers voted narrowly on Wednesday to force energy companies to carry out in-depth environmental audits before they deploy a technique known as fracking to recover natural gas from shale rock.



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Carol D. (109)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 3:05 pm
we dont really want it at all
 

Sue Matheson (72)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 3:38 pm
thanks
 

Lois Jordan (56)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 3:52 pm
Well, at least I'm glad to see the protests are happening there, and that the facts are coming to the surface. Maybe as more facts are publicized, more protests will happen. It's just too bad that alternatives weren't considered....green energy types. These would fuel economies in a healthier and more long-lasting way, while expanding technologies.
 

Jason S. (57)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 5:52 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

Susanne R. (249)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 11:15 pm
From the article:

"The Parliament did, however, call for a “robust regulatory regime,” including requirements on companies to recycle as much water as possible and to disclose which chemicals are used. Parliament officials said on Wednesday that they expected the European Commission, the European Union executive agency, to make formal proposals soon."

Companies already make an environmental review in many cases before drilling a natural gas well. But the new rules would require a full environmental assessment to start fracturing in shale deposits, and the industry says some fracking in deposits is vital to assessing the potential of a well.

The rules would require “long and complex environmental studies at a very early stage in the exploration phase,” Roland Festor, the director of European Union affairs for the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers, which includes Chevron and Exxon Mobil, said in a statement. He said the audits would undermine efforts to develop domestic oil and gas supplies “without bringing additional environmental benefits.”

In Europe, you hear things like "robust regulatory regime," "full environmental assessment," "complex environmental studies," and "requirements on companies to recycle as much water as possible and to disclose which chemicals are used."

In the United States we hear things like, "drill, baby, drill," and have legislation like "the Halliburton loophole," which protects oil companies from having to disclose the poisons they're using to extract profit from the earth. Our country is all about GREED. And things are not going to change until our citizens hold their elected representatives accountable.
 

Cathe Franklin-Romano (52)
Friday October 11, 2013, 4:48 am
Noted & shared
 

Tom Tree (247)
Friday October 11, 2013, 7:48 am
Sure hope so !
Noted & Shared !
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Friday October 11, 2013, 9:30 am
Environmental audits only work if they are independent of and uninfluenced by the firms being audited or the politicians lobbying for them.
 

Michael Kirkby (85)
Friday October 11, 2013, 9:56 am
Noted
 

kate awayvacation (480)
Friday October 11, 2013, 1:29 pm
Noted :-)
 

Marija Mohoric (47)
Friday October 11, 2013, 1:41 pm
noted, tks
 

Nimue Pendragon (255)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 3:44 am
noted
 

Caili W. (39)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 8:28 am
Good to hear. Now, if the rest of us would only follow suit! Noted. Thanks for sharing!
 
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